Sunday evening on the NHL ice and a pair of teams from the Atlantic Division will square off as the Detroit Reds Wings rumble with the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario. The Red Wings are off a 2-1 home loss to the Panthers, while the Leafs are off a 5-3 home win over the Rangers.
Red Wings Struggle To Score Against The Panthers
The Detroit Red Wings continue to march through a rough season. They enter this game off a 2-1 home loss to the Florida Panthers to fall to 15-22 on the year, including 1-5 in their last six games. the offense has been a struggle for them for most of the year, but even more so of late as they have now averaged just 2.38 gpg over their last eight games. That will not get it done in the league these days and they will need much more than that if they hope to take down the high-scoring Maple Leafs. Detroit fell behind Florida 2-0 in the first and they were never able to recover. Scoring their lone goal was Thomas Vanek, which was his 5th of the year
Absorbing the loss to the Panthers was Jimmy Howard, who allowed two goals on 23 shot attempts to fall to 10-12 with a 2.66 GAA on the year. Jonathan Bernier will get the nod in this one and he has gone 5-10 with a 3.38 GAA and a .898 save percentage on the year, including 4-6 with a 3.61 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 3-0 with a 2.64 GAA against the Maple Leafs. Detroit enters this game ranked 26th in scoring at 2.78 gpg and 22nd in goals allowed at 3.16 gpg.
Leafs Take Down Rangers By Scoring Four In The Third
The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to have a solid season as they come in at 24-12 on the year and in 2nd place in the Atlantic Division. They are still six points out of first, but this is a team that will have no problem in making it to the postseason. The Leafs come in having won their last three games in a row, and their offense has put up 18 goals in those three games. The offense is tough to stop once it gets rolling. The game was tied 1-1 after two periods, and then the Maple Leafs outscored the Rangers 4-2 in the final frame. Patrick Marleau (10th), Andreas Johnsson (8th), Morgan Rielly (12th) and Mitchell Marner(11th & 12th) all scored in the win.
Grabbing the win was Frederik Andersen, who stopped 25 of the 28 shots that he faced to improve to 20-10 with a 2.50 GAA on the year. Garret Sparks will get the nod for the Maple Leafs in this one, and he has gone 4-2 with a 2.84 GAA and a .913 save percentage on the year, including 1-2 with a 1.97 GAA and a .940 save percentage here at home. Sparks is 0-2 with a 4.00 GAA in his career against the Red Wings. The Maple Leafs enter this game ranked 2nd in the league in scoring at 3.71 gpg and 4th in goals allowed at 2.74 gpg.
- 5-0 in their last 5 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation
- 19-7 in their last 26 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- 16-35 in their last 51 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- 16-41 in their last 57 vs. a team with a winning recor