Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs in Sweden counts as a home game for the Detroit Red Wings. In fact, it counts as the only Detroit home game against Toronto this season. That means even though they’re one of the oldest rivals of the Red Wings, the Leafs won’t be visiting Little Caesars Arena this season.
You might think that’s a rarity – and you’d be dead wrong. In fact, this will be the ninth NHL season in which Toronto won’t be playing a single game at Detroit.
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— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) November 17, 2023
The Leafs didn’t visit the Motor City in 2021, the COVID season in which teams only played opponents in what were reconfigured divisions. The Leafs also weren’t playing at Detroit in 2013, a 48-game season reduced due to a lockout.
During the years when the Red Wings were in the Western Conference and the Maple Leafs were in the Eastern Conference, there were no Toronto visits to Detroit during the 2011-12, 2009-10, 2007-08, 2005-06 and 2003-04 seasons.
Even though Detroit did play home games against Toronto the 1926-27 season, since all the team’s home games were played in Windsor, Ont., there were also no Toronto visits across the border that campaign.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- It looks as though defenseman Jake Walman is going to be out for Detroit. Does that mean prize prospect Simon Edvinsson will be in?
- Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin was okay after being roughed up in a loss to Ottawa
- Alex Lyon was making his first start in goal for Detroit this season in Friday’s loss to Toronto
- Red Wings Hall of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom is the first winner of the Borje Salming Courage Award
Red Wings Next Game
Returning home, Detroit will be playing host to the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday. The puck drop is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Montreal: What are the Montreal Canadiens to do with the problem that is Josh Anderson?
Boston: Did Boston Bruins coach Jim Montgomery quash the speculation that the team might be trading Vezina Trophy Winner Linus Ullmark.
Florida: Florida Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov left Friday’s win over Anaheim with an apparent left knee injury.
Toronto: Anders Salming, whose dad played for both the Red Wings and Maple Leafs during a Hall of Fame career, was the ceremonial puck dropper prior to Friday’s Detroit vs Toronto game in Stockholm.
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Pittsburgh: Former Red Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovic wound up scoring a goal for AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday.
🗣️ GOALIE GOAL 🗣️
Alex Nedeljkovic scores to give him two career goals in the AHL!
— NHL (@NHL) November 18, 2023
Philadelphia: Not trading defenseman Travis Sanheim might be the best move the Philadelphia Flyers didn’t make during the NHL offseason.
Islanders: Penalties are killing the New York Islanders.
New Jersey: Injured New Jersey Devils star forward Jack Hughes was returning to practice on Friday.
Washington: Former Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha will be back with the Washington Capitals on Saturday. He was missing for three games with a punctured eardrum.
Carolina: Forward Ryan Suzuki was assigned to AHL Springfield by the Carolina Hurricanes.
Chicago: Veteran forward Corey Perry is proving to be worth every penny that the Chicago Blackhawks invested in him.
Colorado: The Colorado Avalanche are emerging as another contender in the Patrick Kane sweepstakes.
Nashville: Is forward Egor Afanasyev about to get a recall to the Nashville Predators?
Vegas: The Vegas Golden Knights were outscoring the Montreal Canadiens 6-5.
San Jose: The San Jose Sharks have almost as many win songs (two) as they have wins (three) this season.