Preview: 2014 Winter Classic – Maple Leafs vs Red Wings

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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

  • mcloki

    Damn straight. Looks like a blizzard out thereso the game could be very fun. Can’t trap in a snowstorm.

  • wendelsway1

    Big Leafs win today…..Dion leading the charge!……GO LEAFS GO!!!!

  • gilmourhalloffame

    Gonna be amazing. I feel sorry for the guys that are scratched/injured and Reimer. I’m sure they will be dying to play out there.

  • newkb

    mcloki Dump the puck in and watch it get lost in the piles of snow in the corners…

  • wiski

    mcloki I can see guys getting caught with their head down trying to push the puck through the snow.

  • mcloki

    Gotta play north south. You could get lost going east west.

  • wiski

    Happy New Year everyone, will be a great start with a leaf win.

  • OTL

    TheCanucksnaphookgilmourhalloffameHook…..do you know something the rest of us don’t?  HNY everyone!

  • newkb

    TheCanucksnaphookgilmourhalloffame As long as it isn’t for Gleason….  :)

  • newkb

    It’s noon!  Cracking one now….

  • gilmourhalloffame

    newkbTheCanucksnaphookgilmourhalloffame

    The last time rumours lasted this long with the same names were L Schenn for JVR and it eventually happened

  • newkb

    TheCanucksnaphooknewkb Nope….I’ve got principles.

  • newkb

    gilmourhalloffamenewkbTheCanucksnaphook (single tear rolls down face)

  • newkb

    TheCanucksnaphooknewkb It’s not 3:30 pm yet…..

  • wiski

    gilmourhalloffame If we’re up 6-1 you can throw Reims in for the last ten minutes. 😉

  • vinoa

    newkb TheCanucksnaphook But’s always 4:20

  • newkb

    vinoanewkbTheCanucksnaphook Hahaha…..

  • wiski

    newkb TheCanucksnaphook I have been known to turn the clock ahead in cottage country. 😉

  • vinoa
  • mcloki

    Love it. Lol

  • newkb

    wiskinewkbTheCanucksnaphook You keep time in cottage country?   :)

  • vinoa

    newkb wiski TheCanucksnaphook It’s probably wrong anyways. I can barely set the time when I’m sober…when did everything turn digital?

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/wyshynskihttps://twitter.com/wyshynski/status/418424155852124160
    Line for merchandise is massive 1 hour before game http://t.co/LkV5JF9MdQ

  • vinoa

    TheCanucksnaphook wiski Love.the.enthusiasm.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    https://twitter.com/LeafsNews/status/418423681354719232

  • wiski

    TheCanucksnaphook wiski Hope it’s not the same for beer

  • newkb

    vinoanewkbwiskiTheCanucksnaphook At twelve….twelve…..twelve…..twelve….twelve…..twelve…..

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    DeclanK Those aren’t true Leaf fans.

  • mcloki

    Your duty as a Leaf fan was to knee him in the groin. Posers.

  • JR from Halifax

    What’s up fellas? I am counting on our boys in blue treating us to the best game they have player all year…..payback for some of the nights off.

    Feels like we have been waiting for this game forever!

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    mcloki Should have snuck a middle finger in there.

  • newkb

    TheCanucksnaphookwiski This beer I’m having is from a case I bought almost 3 months ago.  Not tasty at all…..

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    DeclanK mcloki Look at the distance he is trying to maintain.

  • JR from Halifax

    Today will also be the last day of my avatar…..I can’t afford to feed her anymore

  • mcloki

    Just out of knee distance.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    mcloki It’s like he’s standing beside his old aunt with the bad breath and body odour.

  • mcloki

    So long Whole lotta Rosie.

  • newkb

    JR from Halifax Clothing also looks like a problem….

  • vinoa

    newkb TheCanucksnaphook wiski So I take it beer, unlike wine, gets worse with age?

  • JR from Halifax

    mcloki You knew her too? F-ing whore……no nachos for her this afternoon

  • newkb

    ingy56DeclanK If they were true Leaf fans – 30 seconds later the ambulance would be rushing Hughson to the hospital…..

  • newkb

    JR from Halifaxmcloki She’s got a month’s worth trapped in the folds and cleavage.

  • mcloki

    D’Amigo and Holland just going to the net. JVR head down to the net.

  • JR from Halifax

    CanuckUKinToronto I want to see Kess with the wind behind him…..

  • lukethenuke

    Who else watched the Behind the Team thing for team Canada right now?

  • newkb

    vinoanewkbTheCanucksnaphookwiski All signs point to yes….down the drain you go.

  • lukethenuke

    Interesting to see them see Bernier, and even Reimer as options if the top guys are injured.  Also they seem to really like Smith…

  • vinoa

    newkb vinoa TheCanucksnaphook wiski And by down the drain you mean you finished it as quick as possible 😛

  • GeorgeCastanza

    Kadri with 2 goals today.

  • mcloki

    Watching HC say noon. Roenick is on pretty entertaining.