from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Detroit Red Wings, seeking their first victory, will face one of the highest-scoring teams in the NHL with a depleted defense.
Rookie Dennis Cholowski is out for Thursday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Little Caesars Arena (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit) due to an upper-body injury. Coach Jeff Blashill said Cholowski might also miss Saturday's game in Boston, which has been switched from 7 p.m. to 3 p.m. due to the A.L. Championship series game between the Red Sox and Astros that night....
The Leafs (3-1-0) are averaging five goals per game and coming off a 7-6 overtime win in Chicago and 7-4 victory at Dallas.
This will be biggest challenge in the young careers of defensemen Joe Hicketts, Libor Sulak and Filip Hronek. They got a preseason preview on Sept. 28, when the Leafs prevailed 6-2 at Scotiabank Arena.
"We know how fast they can come at you and I think we're better prepared having (faced them)," Blashill said. "That doesn't mean we'll meet that challenge. If they're coming at us flying 100 miles an hour the whole night, it'll be a long night. We better put the puck in behind him, grind them in their zone and make them defend as much as possible."
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,