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RED WINGS (12-12-4) at MAPLE LEAFS (20-8-0)

7 p.m. ET; SNO, FS-D, NHL.TV

The Game

William Nylander will make his season debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs when they host the Detroit Red Wings at Scotiabank Arena on Thursday.

The forward who was a restricted free agent and missed the first 27 games of the season, signed a six-year contract worth $6.9 million annually on Saturday. He was a healthy scratch in a 4-3 overtime win against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. He had 61 points in each of his past two NHL seasons.

Goaltender Garret Sparks will start for the Maple Leafs, who are looking for their season-high sixth straight win and have scored four goals or more in five-straight games.

Goalie Jonathan Bernier could start for the Red Wings, who have lost two in a row and are 2-3-2 in their past seven games.

Players to watch

Red Wings forward Frans Nielsen had a hat trick in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. Nielsen has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past five games.

Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews scored twice including the overtime winner against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. Matthews has 15 goals in 14 games this season and seven points (five goals, two assists) in three games since returning after missing 14 games with a shoulder injury.

They said it

“If you don’t gap and you don’t pressure, you’re in huge trouble. If you’re trying to gap and they get behind you, they’ve got a great stretch game. Without a shadow of a doubt, you take their stretch game away by pressuring. We’re going to have to keep our pressure high.” — Red Wings coach Jeff Blashhill on the Maple Leafs offense

“It’s been fun watching them play but you want to be there as well. I’m just excited to be here finally and joining the boys. I’m really excited to start on home ice and get the season going.” — Maple Leafs forward William Nylander

Red Wings projected lineup

Gustav NyquistDylan LarkinJustin Abdelkader

Andreas Athanasiou — Frans Nielsen — Thomas Vanek

Luke GlendeningJacob de la RoseMichael Rasmussen

Martin FrkWade MeganChristoffer Ehn

Dennis CholowskiMike Green

Niklas KronwallNick Jensen

Jonathan EricssonLuke Witkowski

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Brian Lashoff

Injured: Anthony Mantha (hand), Evgeny Svechnikov (right knee), Trevor Daley (lower body), Danny DeKeyser (left hand)

Suspended: Tyler Bertuzzi

Maple Leafs projected lineup

Zach HymanJohn TavaresMitchell Marner

Patrick Marleau — Auston Matthews — William Nylander

Andreas JohnssonNazem KadriKasperi Kapanen

Tyler EnnisPar LindholmConnor Brown

Morgan RiellyRon Hainsey

Jake GardinerNikita Zaitsev

Travis DermottIgor Ozhiganov

Garret Sparks

Frederik Andersen

Scratched: Frederik Gauthier, Martin Marincin, Justin Holl

Injured: None

Status report

The Red Wings recalled defenseman Brian Lashoff from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League but he is not expected to play. … Daley is day-to-day. … DeKesyer is expected to miss at least 4-6 week because of a hand injury.

Stat pack 

Nyquist has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past five games. … Marner has 11 assists during a five-game point streak and is one point from becoming the third Maple Leafs player in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to have 40 points in 30 or fewer games… Rielly has three assists during a three-game point streak.

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Monday FTB: Let’s just all agree that the last three days didn’t happen – Pension Plan Puppets




I was lucky enough to miss the first chunk of Saturday night’s game vs the Boston Bruins, and by the time I went to tune in the game was already at 6-1. Needless to say, I didn’t bother tuning in for the rest.

It wound up being an ugly Friday-Saturday-Sunday for the Toronto Maple Leafs in terms of results. Sure they had a frantic comeback to steal a point from the Detroit Red Wings — but they also were playing pretty poorly to be down 4-1 entering the third period.

Then there was the disaster of the Bruins game. I’ll trust what I saw and heard others whose opinion who watched the game about the box score looking uglier than their actual performance. By the sounds of it, the myriad of dirty and ugly hits didn’t help perceptions of the game’s final results including the fact that somehow Zach Hyman wound up being the only one to receive a suspension.

And there’s some good. Auston Matthews continues to rack up goals and points, William Nylander is getting back into the swing of things and has yet to be scored against when he’s on the ice, and who knows maybe they’ll come together more as a team after that game we shall never speak of again.

So, all in all, let’s just ignore the last three days happened — more importantly, let’s not pretend the last three days are in any way predicting the future or tarnish their great season to date.


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Are The Edmonton Oilers Firing On All Cylinders After Flames Win? – Oil On Whyte




The Edmonton Oilers knocked off the Calgary Flames last night in a one-goal game. Is beating the best team in the West a precursor for what’s to come?

It has looked from the outside that the Edmonton Oilers are firing on all cylinders as of late. Sporting a 16-12-2 record so far this season doesn’t amount to much in the grand scheme of things, but it’s considered the progress of what this team has accomplished so far.

Changing up head coaches was no small thing for the Oilers, but it seemed like the right thing to do since they were struggling during those last two months. A lot of the credit of the turnaround has to go to both the players and Ken Hitchcock for simplifying the game and roles.

So far in December, the Edmonton Oilers have a 4-1 record and are in the midst of a 3-game winning streak. Last night the Oilers knocked off the Calgary Flames in a one-goal game, where they scored in the first period.

That was amazing to win a one-goal game against a provincial rival that has been on the midst of a 5-game win streak. Also, remember that the Flames are even sitting on top of the Pacific Division and the Western Conference so that this win can play a factor down the line. Especially, if the Oilers are in a tie-breaker type scenario with the Flames.

What stood out last night from this game wasn’t that Mikko Koskinen had a shout-out win or that Connor McDavid scored the lone goal for the game. It was all about the guys like Adam Larsson and Zack Kassian stepping up and making some defensive adjustments to give Mikko a chance between the pipes.

Those two have always seemed to be the weak links, but a win like this can show everyone that they can make a small difference in keeping their team competitive week in and out.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Edmonton Oilers match-up against the third best team in the West tomorrow night when they face off against the Colorado Avalanche. Can they make it 4 in a row?

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