The Toronto Maple Leafs play their final tune-up game of the 2016 preseason versus the Red Wings tonight in Detroit (7 p.m. EST, TSN4).

The Leafs will ice their complete NHL lineup, although the exact combinations won’t be known until the pre-game line rushes. Following last night’s 2-1 loss to the Red Wings in Hamilton, Mike Babcock also mentioned that there are a few injury considerations at play.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings - October 8 Rosters

Rosters via @HelenStJames
Tyler BozakTeemu Pulkkinen
Nazem KadriJustin Abdelkader
William NylanderGustav Nyquist
Mitch MarnerRiley Sheahan
Auston MatthewesTomas Tatar
Milan MichalekAnthony Mantha
Brooks LaichHenrik Zetterberg
Connor BrownDarren Helm
Zach HymanFrans Nielsen
Matt MartinDylan Larkin
James van RiemsdykAndreas Anthanasiou
Peter HollandThomas Vanek
Josh Leivo
Morgan RiellyBrendan Smith
Martin MarincinMike Green
Nikita ZaitsevJonathan Ericsson
Jake GardinerAlexey Marchenko
Connor CarrckXavier Ouellet
Matt HunwickDanny DeKeyser
Roman Polak
Frank Corrado
Frederik AndersenJared Coreau
Jhonas EnrothPetr Mrazek

The Leafs trimmed 18 players off the roster today but still have their toughest decisions ahead of them. They’ll need to cut at least six more players by Tuesday afternoon in order to comply with the 23-man roster limit.

The opening-night lineup projection appears to shake out along the following lines, although nothing is set in stone yet:

Toronto Maple Leafs Opening Night Projected Lines

Left WingCenterRight Wing
Milan MichalekNazem KadriLeo Komarov
van RiemsdykTyler BozakMitch Marner
Zach HymanAuston MatthewsWilliam Nylander
Matt MartinHolland/LaichLaich/Holland
Josh Leivo
Colin Greening
Connor Brown
Left DefenceRight Defence
Martin MarincinMorgan Rielly
Jake GardinerConnor Carrick
Matt HunwickNikita Zaitsev
Roman Polak
Frank Corrado
Frederik Andersen
Jhonas Enroth

There are 25 players listed above, meaning at least two of the extras will need to be cut by Tuesday. We can expect to see a number of these lines and pairings together tonight as Babcock will want to ice a lineup that’s as close to his opening-night iteration as possible. Tonight is the final warm-up game before the real games start on Wednesday in Ottawa, and Babcock will expect his team to ramp up to regular season mode in terms of its urgency, pace and systems play accordingly.

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