The Leafs are dressing a haphazard lineup to say the least after today’s big trade and the recent injuries, but it presents an opportunity for those remaining to step up and fill the void.
It’s going to require a collective “stepping up” on the backend if the Leafs are going to be respectable without Dion. While Gardiner and Rielly will need to take ownership as the most talented members of the Leaf blueline, this trade presents an opportunity for both Martin Marincin and Frank Corrado to prove themselves in regular duty.
The Calgary Flames may scratch some key figures tonight for disciplinary reasons.
As @RealKyper suggested, Gaudreau, Monahan, Bouma likely out of CGY lineup tonight for disciplinary reasons. May be playing 11 F and 7 D.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 9, 2016
That’s nice of them.
Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lines
Michael Grabner – Nazem Kadri – Leo Komarov
Daniel Winnik – Nick Spaling – Josh Leivo
Peter Holland – Mark Arcobello – Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau
Rich Clune – Byron Froese – Brad Boyes
Matt Hunwick – Morgan Rielly
Jake Gardiner – Roman Polak
Martin Marincin – Frank Corrado
Injured: James van Riemsdyk (foot), Stephane Robidas (lower body), Tyler Bozak (upper body), Joffrey Lupul (middle body), Shawn Matthias (whiplash), Milan Michalek (broken finger)
Scratched: Jared Cowen