Detroit Red Wings (4-2-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (4-1-0)
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 18, 2017, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs / Detroit Red Wings --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Toronto Maple Leafs look for their second win in as many nights after a 2-0 win against the Washington Capitals last night as they return home to host the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.
The Red Wings head into the Air Canada Centre for an Original Six show down against the Toronto Maple Leafs and they will look to send former coach Mike Babcock to his new team’s second loss of the season in what should be a surprisingly entertaining contest. Detroit snapped their remarkable playoff streak last season but they do look poised to start a new one this season as they are off to a 4-2 start and are looking much better than the group we saw on the ice last year as a new wave of Detroit Red Wings hockey officially kicks off. Petr Mrazek is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Curtis McIlhinney who is expected to give Frederik Andersen the night off after an impressive shutout victory against Alexander Ovechkin and the rest of the high octane Capitals offense.
The Maple Leafs meanwhile are off to a fast 5-1 start and are looking like a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference as they have a ton of team speed, great skill in the offensive zone, a serviceable back end and a goaltender in Andersen who looks like a very good option every night of the week. The Leafs made the playoffs a season ago and almost took down the heavily favoured Capitals and now with expectations sky high the team is responding accordingly as Auston Matthews, William Nylander, and company are looking the part and are only going to get better as the season moves along if they can stay healthy. The line on this one will be determined by the goaltending matchup but if we were to predict at the moment it would look as though it will be Mrazek-McIllhinney but if Andersen is good to go it would make the Buds a hefty home favourite.
The Wings are 5-2 in their last seven overall and winless in their last four Wednesday games while the Leafs are 4-1 in their last five overall and winless in their last four home games. Toronto is in a back to back here and even if they start McIllhinney they should feel confident in getting a big home win here.