By Dave Hart
Red Wings 4, Maple Leafs 0 – Justin Abdelkader scored a three-goal hat trick on opening night to lead the Red Wings over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night.
Detroit’s goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped all 22 Maple Leaf shots to earn the shutout.
The Red Wings will take on the Carolina Hurricanes on the road Saturday night.
Tied for 1st Place in Atlantic Division
Tied for 2nd Place in Eastern Conference (2 points behind New York Rangers)
Magic # to clinch 25th straight playoff berth: 163 pts
Magic # to clinch Atlantic Division: 163 pts
Magic # to clinch Eastern Conference: 163 pts
Next Game: 10/10/2015 @ Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 p.m. @ PNC Arena
Stats: Goals- Justin Abdelkader 3 (3), Dylan Larkin 1 (1) Assists- Henrik Zetterberg 3 (3), Johan Franzen 1 (1), Mike Green 1 (1), Jakub Kindl 1 (1), Larkin 1 (1), Kyle Quincey 1 (1) Goaltending- Jimmy Howard W (1-0-0) 22 saves on 22 shots.