TORONTO - Leafs coach Ron Wilson spent the plane ride home from Detroit on Friday night huddling with general manager Brian Burke over the lineup.
ďItís like a puzzle, you can put the puzzle together but we havenít cemented it,Ē said Wilson.
Injuries will have some impact on the opening night lineup.
Those wounds, and now the suspension to Clarke MacArthur, have resulted in some unexpected line combinations. Saturday night, rookie winger Matt Frattin was expected to move into MacArthurís spot with Mikhail Grabovski and winger Nikolai Kulemin.
Tyler Bozak (upper body) didnít play. Tim Connolly and Nazem Kadri didnít skate in the morning.
ďWeíre just dealing with some minor injuries. But Iím not going to put them in a game like this and have them get something full blown,Ē said Wilson, who has alredy seen Kadri go down for three to four weeks with a strained knee ligament.
With Bozak and Connolly both injured, Matt Lombardi skated between Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul. But Wilson noted one game isnít going to decide who plays, who doesnít, or where they play.
Assistant coach Rob Zettler ran yesterdayís spirited morning skate while Wilson was busy with a scheduled television promotion for the team ... The Leafs and Red Wings could play for another 100 years and probably still not decide who is better. Last night was the 643rd meeting between the two rivals. The record? 275-275-19!