An unfortunate loss to Hamilton for the Marlies this afternoon sets their playoff chase back, but there’s still 11 games left to be played.
Currently underway, Jack Eichel and Matt O’Connor’s Boston University team are taking on Leafs prospects Dominic Toninato and Tony Cameranesi of Minnesota Duluth on TSN2 (5:30 p.m. EST start) in the NCAA Northeast Regional Final.
Oh, the Leafs play, too. This is a chance to play spoiler on the Senators, but the third overall pick is maybe within reach. Conflicted rooting interests.
Nazem Kadri will return for the Leafs while James Reimer will start.
Lines are unofficial.
Ottawa Senators Projected Lines
Clarke MacArthur – Kyle Turris – Mark Stone
Mike Hoffman – Mika Zibanejad – Bobby Ryan
Erik Condra – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Curtis Lazar
Alex Chiasson – David Legwand – Zack Smith
Marc Methot – Erik Karlsson
Patrick Wiercioch – Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki – Eric Gryba
Scratched: Jared Cowen, Colin Greening
Injured: Robin Lehner (concussion), Chris Phillips (back), Chris Neil (thumb), Milan Michalek (upper body), Matt Puempel (ankle), Andrew Hammond (lower body)
Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lines
James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Joffrey Lupul – Nazem Kadri – David Booth
Leo Komarov – Trevor Smith – Richard Panik
Brandon Kozun / Joakim Lindstrom – Sam Carrick – Casey Bailey
Eric Brewer – Dion Phaneuf
Morgan Rielly – Jake Gardiner
Tim Erixon – TJ Brennan
Scratched: Brandon Kozun/Joakim Lindstrom, Zach Sill
Injured: Peter Holland (lower body), Nathan Horton (back), Stephane Robidas (shoulder), Roman Polak (sports hernia).
Status report: The Maple Leafs sent center Greg McKegg and defenseman Andrew MacWilliam to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League on Friday and recalled Brennan. … Sill may return to the lineup and if he does Carrick will likely be scratched. … Kadri returns to the Maple Leafs lineup after missing four games with a suspension. (NHL.com)
Who’s hot: Lazar has two goals in the past three games. … Gardiner has two goals in the past four games. (NHL.com)