National Hockey League
Detroit at Toronto
When: 7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario

The Toronto Maple Leafs hope to avoid a letdown just 24 hours after a confidence-building road victory when they host the improving Detroit Red Wings in an Atlantic Division tussle on Wednesday. Veteran forward Patrick Marleau, who has recorded three goals and five points with his new team, is slated to play the 1,500th game of his career as Toronto completes its first back-to-back set of the campaign.

The Maple Leafs posted their first shutout of the season on Tuesday, topping Washington 2-0 as Frederik Andersen turned aside 30 shots and defenseman Morgan Rielly notched a pair of assists for the league’s top-scoring team. The Red Wings suffered their first home defeat of the campaign on Monday as they went 0-for-6 on the power play, dropping to 4-for-24 on the season, and gave up a short-handed goal in a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay. “I thought we were the better team 5-on-5,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill told reporters. "Our power play had looks, for sure, but we didn’t score and we gave up a shorty. That’s a hard combination. There were a lot of things process-wise we were really good at, but we certainly didn’t get the result we wanted.” Defenseman Mike Green continues to lead the Red Wings with nine points after scoring his first goal in Monday’s setback.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FSN Detroit Plus, Sportsnet One, Sportsnet 360, TVA (Toronto)

ABOUT THE RED WINGS (4-2-0): Gustav Nyquist has landed on the scoresheet in just one of the first six games but registered a season-high six shots to match Green in the loss to the Lightning. While Anthony Mantha, captain Henrik Zetterberg and rookie Martin Frk have scored three goals apiece, Detroit still is looking for the first tallies from Tomas Tatar (13 shots) and Darren Helm. Danny DeKeyser (lower body) has missed three consecutive games and is expected to be out at least another week, but fellow defenseman Niklas Kronwall has posted a plus-3 rating in three games after missing three with a groin injury.

ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (5-1-0): Toronto showed it can win without receiving a big performance from reigning Calder Trophy winner Auston Matthews, as the 20-year-old center was held to one shot and no points on Tuesday. Rielly has notched five assists, pulling within one of 100 in his career, to lead the team in that category and Matthews has collected a club-best eight points while Nazem Kadri netted his third goal of the season against Washington. Andersen has played in all six games, but backup Curtis McElhinney is expected to see his first action of the season Wednesday after going 6-7-0 with a .914 save percentage with the Maple Leafs in 2016-17.


1. Toronto LW James van Riemsdyk leads the team with 24 shots while recording four goals - second-most on the team.

2. Detroit G Jimmy Howard is off to a strong start (3-1-0, .197 goals-against average, .942 save percentage) and is 5-3-2 lifetime versus Toronto.

3. The Maple Leafs swept the four-game season series in 2016-17, outscoring the Red Wings 17-10.

PREDICTION: Maple Leafs 4, Red Wings 1
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Detroit 4-2-0-0 L1 1-1-0-0 3-1-0-0 0-0-0-0 4-2-0-0 1-1-0-0
Toronto 5-1-0-0 W2 2-1-0-0 3-0-0-0 0-0-0-0 5-1-0-0 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting
Detroit Toronto
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
4/1/17 TOR 5 DET 4 42 22 0-3 27 38 1-1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Detroit N. Jensen 2
Toronto A. Matthews 3
Goals Player  
Detroit M. Green 1
Toronto A. Matthews 2
Assists Player  
Detroit H. Zetterberg 2
Toronto B. Boyle 1
Saves Player  
Detroit J. Howard 22
Toronto F. Andersen 38
Total Points Player  
Detroit A. Mantha 12
Toronto A. Matthews 15
Goals Player  
Detroit M. Frk 5
Toronto A. Matthews 10
Assists Player  
Detroit M. Green 10
Toronto M. Rielly 7
Saves Player  
Detroit J. Howard 205
Toronto F. Andersen 247
Quickchart Matchup
Detroit Off vs  Toronto Def
3.17 GF
3.17 GA
29.5 Shots
31.3 Shots
4 PP
5 PK
Toronto Off vs  Detroit Def
4.67 GF
2.5 GA
36.2 Shots
33 Shots
8 PP
3 PK