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by George Malik on 09/28/13 at 05:25 PM ET
Both the Red Wings and the Maple Leafs are dressing relatively prospect-laden lineups when the teams battle in Toronto this evening (7 PM, CBC/NHL Network U.S.), with Petr Mrazek and Jared Coreau slated to split duties (per MLive's Ansar Khan) opposite James Reimer. The Leafs hope to gain a measure of revenge for their 5-2 loss to the Wings on Friday night.
The NHL Network claims that it's going to air tonight's game, but we have yet to find out whether they'll "flip the switch":
Th CBC's gearing up for its regular season "dress rehearsal"...
Randy Carlyle was already in regular-season form regarding having to dress a "short" lineup while speaking with the Toronto Sun's Rob Longley...
It wouldn’t have exactly been the Leafs lineup Hockey Night In Canada was looking for on Saturday night, but you could hardly blame Randy Carlyle for loading up on Marlies callups for the final of eight pre-season contests.
With back-to-back road games to start the season Tuesday in Montreal and Wednesday and Philadelphia, Carlyle opted for rest for the bulk of his opening night lineup for the back end of the home-and-home with the Red Wings.
“We’ve been kind of handed a tough one if you look at our schedule,” Carlyle told reporters following Saturday’s morning skate at the Air Canada Centre. “It’s not something you would say would be ideal.”
Specifically, Carlyle was referring to the Leafs and Red Wings double dip on Friday and Saturday followed by the real games in short order. To make matters worse, both are on the road. And consider the Flyers who concluded their pre-season schedule on Friday and now will wait for the Leafs in the home opener on Wednesday night.
“We open the season back-to-back and we open two buildings,” Carlyle said. “I don’t think that’s ideal. I think that puts us at somewhat of a competitive disadvantage.”
It will be interesting to see if new MLSE president Tim Leiweke investigates that disadvantage going forward. Is the revenue from one additional pre-season game worth putting the team in such a challenging situation?”
“The two that are going to be the most important are Tuesday and Wednesday,” Carlyle said. “Those are factors in the decision-making process of who is going to play and who you are not going to play.”
And MLive's Ansar Khan noted that the Wings' "short" lineup ain't half bad...
The Detroit Red Wings will wrap up the preseason tonight in Toronto (7 p.m., CBC, NHL Network) with a lineup dominated by Grand Rapids Griffins, sprinkled in with a few NHL players.
Detroit's lineup will include Griffins forwards Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco, Teemu Pulkkinen, Calle Jarnkrok, Luke Glendening, Mitch Callahan and Jeff Hoggan as well as defensemen Xavier Ouellet, Ryan Sproul and Nathan Paetsch.
NHL players in the lineup tonight include forwards Drew Miller, Cory Emmerton, Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar.
Petr Mrazek will start in goal and will play either 30 or 40 minutes. Jared Coreau will finish the game, coach Mike Babcock said.
The Red Wings (3-4-0) are coming off a 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs (4-2-1) on Friday, a game in which Detroit dressed most of its regular lineup and scored three times on the power play.
“I'd like to see the power play be dangerous; last night with (Daniel) Alfredsson on it, that was really important,'' Babcock said. “Other than that we've worked on trying to get better at moving the puck. We still make some poor decisions on the back end with reads and that comes with experience, that's why you play those kids so much in exhibition. Like any year we're a work in progress. You're concerned, are you going to be good enough? We feel the same way every year at this time.''
You can follow along with the game summary, event summary and roster report, I know that not all of you have access to the CBC and/or the NHL Network, so we're going to do what we did last night: encourage illegal activity.
As always, please BE CAREFUL when following streaming links. They often have pop-ups, adware and spyware, and if they encourage you to "upgrade" your software, DO NOT download anything.
If you have the VLC Media Player installed on your computer (it's actually pretty spiffy), you can watch the game at OurLeafs, First Row Sports should have a stream, as should LiveTV.ru and Wiziwig. CLICK AT YOUR OWN RISK, but hey, if you've gotta do what you gotta do, it's understandable.
In my opinion, the NHL should ensure that all Center Ice and GameCenter Live subscribers--and I should note that I am in favor of using legal means to watch games, and subscribe to GCL--have access to the NHL Network as part of their subscription. That would alleviate a significant amount of having to find "bootleg" ways to watch games, but the league seems to prefer shutting some fans out to "grow" the NHL Network (even though many cable companies and satellite providers simply don't carry it) instead of encourating fans to subscribe to their viewing packages. :/
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