The Toronto Maple leafs (4-2-1) take on the Detroit Red Wings (3-2-1) At the Air Canada Ctr. tonight.
Both teams will be without their star players; Pavel Datsyuk and Phil Kessel will not be playing. Tyler Bozak, Cody Franson and David Clarkson are also not dressed due to injury.
Three players on the Maple Leafs that are looking to have strong games are Carter Ashton, Matt Frattin and Peter Holland. All have had quiet preseasons; Carter Ashton in particular was rumoured to be shopped by the Leafs instead of losing him for nothing to the waiver wire. Head Coach Randy Carlyle went as far as to call out Matt Frattin’s play as underwhelming. Peter Holland, while the safest of the trio, has had an underwhelming camp and has not picked up where he left off—dominating the AHL playoffs, usually being the best player on the ice in that league.
This lineup resembles something close to what the Maple Leafs will dress for the regular season.
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