Preview: 2014 Winter Classic – Maple Leafs vs Red Wings

Preview: 2014 Winter Classic – Maple Leafs vs Red Wings

2014 Winter Classic
The sun rises over Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., before the Detroit Red Wings face the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. (Dave Sandford/NHLI)

It’s been a year and a half of a build up for the 2014 Winter Classic. The NHL lockout prevented the winter classic for happening  January 1, 2013, and now a year later, the event being dubbed as “The Biggest Hockey Game Of All Time” is going to take place today, weather permitted.

HBO 24/7 has been documenting two teams: the Detroit Red Wings, who have been struggling with injury and consistency problems and, the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have been struggling with injury and consistency problems.

Toronto recently had Tyler Bozak return to the lineup versus the Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto’s face-off percentage was in around the 60% mark for the first time in some time. Not having to rely on—and overplay—Jay McClement for all of your key face-offs makes a big difference in how you deploy your team and it’s one of the positives of having Tyler Bozak back in the lineup. Constantly losing draws, while not the most important aspect of the game, does come into play in key situations and game breaking goals off of key draws. Bozak was 56% on the dot vs Carolina and hopefully a trend we’ll see continue.

Toronto will be starting Jonathan Bernier, who has a sizzling .949 save percentage in his last five games, settling into a groove in the Toronto crease. much as been made about the goaltending tandem the Toronto Maple Leafs employ and how James Reimer is not a favorite of coach Carlyle, and is not getting the starts and chances he deserves. Reimer has been given every chance to succeed, and Bernier, even by the slightest of margins, is showing to be the better of the two (shootouts not included).

Henrik Zetterberg will be a gametime decision, as will Daniel Alfredsson, who is nursing an injury.

2014 Winter Classic: Maple Leafs vs Detroit Red Wings

Toronto Maple Leafs vs the Detroit Red Wings matchup.
 Toronto Maple LeafsDetroit Red Wings
Record20-16-518-14-9
GF/G115 (11th)107 (19th)
GA/G118 (20th)117 (19th)
SF/G27.4 (27th)29.9 (15th)
SA/G36.2 (30th)28.7 (15th)
PP22.3% (5th)19.3% (11th)
PK77.5% (27th)84.4% (8th)
5 on 5 F/A1.16 (8th)1.75 (2nd)
Sh%9.71% (5th)8.66% (17th)
Sv%0.923 4th)0.906 (22nd)
FO%47.2% (25th)51.3% (12th)

Toronto Maple Leafs 2014 Winter Classic Lineup

LW C RW
James van Riemsdyk
James van Riemsdyk
Tyler Bozak
Tyler Bozak
Phil Kessel
Phil Kessel
Mason Raymond
Mason Raymond
Nazem Kadri
Nazem Kadri
Joffrey Lupul
Joffrey Lupul
Nikolai Kulemin
Nikolai Kulemin
Jay McClement
Jay McClement
David Clarkson
David Clarkson
Jerry D'Amigo
Jerry D’Amigo
Peter Holland
Peter Holland
Colton Orr
Colton Orr
Defensive Pairings
Carl Gunnarsson
Carl Gunnarsson
Dion Phaneuf
Dion Phaneuf
Cody Franson
Cody Franson
Jake Gardiner
Jake Gardiner
Morgan Rielly
Morgan Rielly
Paul Ranger
Paul Ranger

Detroit Red Wings 2014 Winter Classic Lineup

LW C RW
Henrik Zetterberg
Henrik Zetterberg
Pavel Datsyuk
Pavel Datsyuk
Todd Bertuzzi
Todd Bertuzzi
Justin Abdelkader
Justin Abdelkader
Darren Helm
Darren Helm
Patrick Eaves
Patrick Eaves
Drew Miller
Drew Miller
Joakim Andersson
Joakim Andersson
Tomas Tatar
Tomas Tatar
Gustav Nyquist
Gustav Nyquist
Luke Glendening
Luke Glendening
Danny Cleary
Danny Cleary
Defensive Pairings
Niklas Kronwall
Niklas Kronwall
Dan DeKeyser
Dan DeKeyser
Jakub Kindl
Jakub Kindl
Kyle Quincey
Kyle Quincey
Brendan Smith
Brendan Smith
Brian Lashoff
Brian Lashoff

2014 Winter Classic Live Streaming Video

1265 comments
Omac13
Omac13

No Bobby Ryan for team USA? HUH?

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

Gotta say that might have been gardners best game this year 

Great Dane
Great Dane

Can it be confirmed that Liles is traded for Gleason?

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

Now you see why Carlyle favours Bozak over Kadri, Bozak won the game and Kadri tried his fucking best to give it away.

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

Detroit has a pretty tough schedule coming up and we managed to keep ourselves in the mix despite the adversity we've faced this season.......this is the start of a very good run going down the stretch.  We do have a playoff team and will be there, when all is said and done.  

DARF24
DARF24

Bobby Ryan is 5th in scoring among american players 36 pts in 42 games. Real head scratcher. Dont get me wrong I like it. but dumb move by team USA

mcloki
mcloki

Leafs win CBC cuts and runs like a bitch. If Detroit won it would be 45 minutes of the 3 Stooges cutting Leafs players a new asshole. CBZc sucks

rockydundas
rockydundas

So that's it? They didn't lose the feed, they just ended the show like that? You've got to be kidding me?!?

Sandra87
Sandra87

I can't wait to watch this on HBO

rockydundas
rockydundas

I like that they cut out to a commercial of the Olympics on the CBC

Burn_the_Loov_Boats
Burn_the_Loov_Boats

@Komas Taberle 

Kadri still makes rookie mistakes but I liked that Carlyle went back to him later in the period and in OT.  He didn't bench him but showed him some faith

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@Komas TaberleI've said it before, but I'm very, very disappointed that it seems that Kadri didn't work at all on faceoffs in the summer. He wants to be the #1C but he can't win a faceoff to save the Leafs lives. He'll never be a true #1C if he doesn't win faceoffs, plain and simple.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@DARF24 I would put Ryan in over Brown, and Byfuglien over Orpik. Otherwise, I like their team.  Maybe Schneider in over Howard. 

mcloki
mcloki

They will revamp it next year. It'll only be broadcast on CBC.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Loric76 Yandle is ridiculously over-rated. Don't really see his absence as being a big deal.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@DARF24 @Loric76 Dustin Brown has 13 points this year in 40 games. 

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By comparison, Kulemin has 11 in 30 games, and plays a defensive role. Another really over-rated player.  Was on the block for a reason before he had a ridiculous 3 months on route to that Cup.  

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Black_Hawk @Loric76 Martin plays against top lines. Yandle gets softer minutes. Shero has been saying he's been playing better than Letang. 

Burn_the_Loov_Boats
Burn_the_Loov_Boats

@ingy56 @Loric76 

NBC was great, I didn't feel like they were all go-go Detroit or cynical.  They seemed to actually enjoy the game.  It was much more refreshing than Healy telling me how the Leafs suck again and again and again

Cameron19
Cameron19

@NotSince67 @Cameron19 @DARF24 @Loric76 He did, but for 2 years leading up that run, and now for almost 2 years since, he's been pretty sub par. He was ridiculously good on that run, but before and since...

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Black_Hawk @Cameron19 @Loric76 Nah, much more reliable than Letang lately.  Last year he got huge praise from Shero and it was kind of the reason for Letang throwing a hissy fit about his extension - wanted Shero's respect along with the money.