Maple Leafs will not have Jarnkrok, Rielly, Brodie versus Montreal, backup goalie to be decided


Don’t get damage.

That’s an important purpose for the Maple Leafs with the tip of the common season across the nook, particularly contemplating that they’ve house ice within the first spherical of the Stanley Cup playoffs locked up.

Because it seems, the Leafs didn’t get by way of a troublesome extra time loss in Boston in opposition to the Bruins on Thursday evening unscathed.

Ahead Calle Jarnkrok received’t play on Saturday within the Leafs’ final house recreation of 2022-23 in opposition to the Montreal Canadiens as he’s coping with a minor harm.

“Pretty minor,” Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe stated following the morning skate. “He completed the sport the opposite evening. He just a bit bit extra uncomfortable than you’d need him to be at the moment of 12 months.”

Defencemen Morgan Rielly and TJ Brodie additionally is not going to play in opposition to Montreal.

“All people’s acquired bumps and bruises and issues that they’re coping with at the moment of 12 months,” Keefe stated. “Giving them the day, which hopefully offers a chance for all the pieces to accept them.”

There was an absence of readability from Keefe relating to the standing of goaltender Matt Murray.

After struggling a head harm on April 2 when Lucas Raymond of the Detroit Crimson Wings slid into him, Murray has not been on the ice, however the Leafs meant to have him again up Ilya Samsonov in opposition to the Canadiens.

“He has been progressing,” Keefe stated. “He has had some good days of late, so the thought was he could be obtainable to again up tonight presumably. We’ll see. That might not be the case now, however we’re working with the medical group to determine precisely the place that’s at.”

Keefe stated he didn’t know who would again up if Murray couldn’t gown.

The Leafs returned goalie Joseph Woll to the Toronto Marlies on Friday, however as of early Saturday afternoon, he was not listed on the Marlies’ roster nor on that of the Leafs.

The wage cap is a matter. As of Saturday,

had the Leafs with simply US$38,750 remaining below the cap. The membership wish to signal ahead Matthew Knies, whose NCAA season will finish on Saturday with the conclusion of the Frozen 4 championship in Tampa. Knies and the College of Minnesota will meet Quinnipiac College within the title recreation on Saturday evening.

After the sport on Saturday, the Leafs will end the common season with a three-game journey in opposition to Florida, Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers.

The gamers need to hold their well being, however on the identical time, they need to hold their particulars and habits correctly dialled in earlier than Sport 1 versus Tampa.

“You simply should play arduous,” veteran defenceman Mark Giordano stated.” When you begin worrying about resting and never getting damage, that’s once you’re going to get damage.

“Play the sport arduous, individually concentrate on little particulars and as a group. 12 months in and 12 months out, the groups that go in actually sharp and actually crisp are in a greater spot than (these) simply making an attempt to chill out and get by way of the sport.

“We’ll play arduous and whoever is in, whoever is out, it doesn’t matter. The fellows are in are all going to play in some unspecified time in the future within the playoffs, so we’ve got to be actually sharp.”


Mitch Marner, in the meantime, goes into the ultimate week with 95 factors, 5 shy of what could be his first 100-point season within the NHL. His career-high is 97, completed final season.

What would 100 factors imply to Marner?

“We’ll see,” Marner stated. “Attempt to concentrate on enjoying with the proper mindset. Strive to not cheat for something, and if it will get rewarded, it will get rewarded.”

The Maple Leafs’ projected lineup for Saturday:



Michael Bunting-Auston Matthews-Mitch Marner

John Tavares-Ryan O’Reilly-William Nylander

Alex Kerfoot-Noel Acciari-Wayne Simmonds

Zach Aston-Reese-David Kampf-Sam Lafferty


Jake McCabe-Justin Holl

Mark Giordano-Timothy Liljegren

Erik Gustafsson-Luke Schenn


Ilya Samsonov

To be decided

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