Clarke MacArthur has been suspended for the remaining preseason game (tonight), along with 2 regular season games for his hit against the Wings’ Justin Abdelkader last night. You can check out the hit here and decide for yourself whether you believe this suspension was justified.
This is a pretty big blow to the Leafs considering MacArthur makes up a third of their best line alongside Grabovski and Kulemin. Stepping into that spot could be Kessel (or perhaps even Frattin?) which could cause the lines to shuffle a lot while MacArthur sits out. A second line of Bozak, Lupul and Armstrong could materialize as well. And of course, much of this still hinges on Tim Connolly’s return.
With Matthew Lombardi’s return to the lineup tonight, the line blending should be at an all-time high to start the season. Though, we’re still unsure as to whether he’ll be seeing much ice from the outset. Either way, things have gone from bad to worse for the blue and white with only five days until puck drop for games that actually matter.