The Toronto Maple Leafs face-off against the Dallas Stars, another one of those Western Conference teams the Leafs haven’t seen in a while. The Stars’ roster include such luminaries as former Bruin Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and one of the best goaltenders in the league in Kari Lehtonen, who will probably start.
The Leafs had plenty of weird roster stuff go on today. Tyler Bozak and Colton Orr were both placed on injured reserve, Phil Kessel apparently injured himself in practice yesterday but still should be good to go, and winger Jerry D’Amigo was called up from the Toronto Marlies.
Add in the fact Nazem Kadri will be back after missing Tuesday’s game for personal reasons and Cody Franson might be able to return, and we could be seeing a vastly different roster from Tuesday. With how the Leafs have fared lately, that might not be a bad thing.
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If he’s playing every game, I want him on the Leafs. If he’s spending a bunch of games in the press box, I want him at the world juniors. From Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post.
Kadri will likely take the top line spot while Peter Holland slots in as the second-line centre. It should be fun to see Kadri reunited with Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk. From Travis Bateman of Tip of the Tower.
He might slot in on the fourth line (assuming Carter Ashton jumps on to the third line), or he might sit out if the Leafs decide to go with seven defensemen. From Franklin Steele of FanSided.
I agree with Hope In The Big Smoke here, Kadri is definitely a better player than Bozak. But Kadri needs to improve his defensive play too, as does basically the Leafs’ entire top six.
Justin Bourne, as per usual, hits the nail on the head here. From theScore.