Smith, after missing game action since December 17 with a hand injury, made his return on Thursday against the New York Islanders. Playing a fourth-line role, Smith had 6:03 of ice-time and did not get any points in his first game back. He did not play in Saturday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, as he was a healthy scratch.
It seemed as though Bolland was going to be ready to make his return right after the Olympic break, but a minor setback didn’t allow him to do so and he is now listed as day-to-day. It would seem as though Bolland will make his return against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday, although there is no guarantee.
Having Bolland back in the lineup will be a huge plus for the Leafs. At the time of his injury, Bolland was on fire. He had six goals and four assists in the 15 games that he was able to play before suffering a severed ankle tendon on November 2 against the Vancouver Canucks. It may take him some time until he’s back to that form, but if he can get back to contributing the way he was before the injury, he’ll be a huge boost for this club.