Indoors -- possibly, next season, outdoors -- it doesn't get much better than Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs. Both teams practiced Friday in Toronto for tonight's game at Air Canada Centre (7 p.m., FSD, CBC), the only meeting of the season for the Original Six rivals. The Wings' audience included their fathers, or in a few cases, friends, as this weekend also marks the team's annual fathers trip. "Everyone likes coming to Toronto to play," Danny Cleary said. "We don't get here very often. It's good to have the dads here. Pretty peppy." The Wings arrived Thursday afternoon and spent the evening getting a private tour of the Hockey Hall of Fame. "I got a kick out of going and looking at the old goalie stuff, what they used to wear," Jimmy Howard said. "I wouldn't be a goalie back then, that's for sure. They were definitely a lot tougher than we are, to be out there with hardly anything on." Tonight could be historic for Howard, who is one victory from becoming the ninth goalie to reach 100 as a Red Wings; he'd be the fifth-fastest to do so if he beats the Leafs. "To do it in front of my dad, that would be really special," Howard said.
Jimmy Howard could get 100th win tonight in Toronto
Detroit Free Press | Jan 7