Game #5: The Maple Leafs’ most important game of the year goes down tonight

This game, between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs, will dictate the rest of the series.
There has been so much said about the way Toronto and Tampa have been playing — each game hasn’t been very close. It’s came down to who’s had the better start, and whoever does has came out with the win.
The same story after each game, but it could all change on Tuesday night.
Lines heading into Game Five
Here’s how Toronto’s lines will shape up ahead of arguably their most important game of the year.

#Leafs line rushes during morning skate May 10/22
Bunting-Matthews-Marner Mikheyev-Tavares-KerfootNylander-Kampf-EngvallSpezza-Blackwell-Kase Extra: Clifford, Simmonds, Anderson
Rielly-LyubushkinMuzzin-BrodieGiordano-HollSandin-Liljegren
Campbell (starter)Kallgren
— David Alter (@dalter) May 10, 2022

Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said at the morning skate that he’s re-watched Game Four three times and thought the Mark Giordano and Justin Holl pairing was as good as ever on Sunday. They will remain together for another game.
William Nylander is back on the Maple Leafs’ third line with Pierre Engvall and David Kampf, while Ilya Mikheyev and Alex Kerfoot are reunited with John Tavares. Finally, Ondrej Kase gets moved to the fourth line alongside Jason Spezza and Colin Blackwell.
Splitting up Nylander and Tavares allows for two things: it gives the Maple Leafs more depth throughout the forward lines and it splits up two players who aren’t playing well together at the moment.

Keefe on splitting Tavares and Nylander again for Game 5: “The focus for me is not necessarily having Nylander and Tavares apart as much as it is having Mikheyev + Kerfoot and Engvall + Kampf on two different lines.”
— David Alter (@dalter) May 10, 2022

Keefe also discussed the lack of production from Tavares throughout this series and why …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

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