Maple Leafs Pregame #37: Five Things to Watch Against the Red Wings

The Leafs look to win both halves of a back-to-back for the first time this season, and they’ll probably never get an easier opportunity, as they face the 9-24-3 Detroit Red Wings for the third time this season.
Both teams are trending in opposite directions, as the Leafs are sporting a 9-4 record since they fired Babcock, and the Wings have lost 14 of their last 16 games, including a 12 game losing streak.
Here’s what to look for in tonight’s game.
Lineups
Leafs lines have yet to be confirmed until later today, but right now it sounds like Trevor Moore might finally get back into the lineup after another injury this week during practice. According to Paul Hendrick (@HennyTweets), if that’s the case Timashov will probably be the odd man out.

Meanwhile Detroit is looking like they have all season, a few solid pieces surrounded by garbage.
Hutchinson is the confirmed starter for Toronto, while former Leaf Jonathan Bernier is in net for the Red Wings.
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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation