Leafs practice gives us first look at what the Muzzin-less lineup looks like

It’s probably not what anyone outside of what TLN writer Nick Barden wants, but for the time being, it looks like Martin Marincin will be in the lineup.

August 5 @MapleLeafs practice lines & defensive pairings:
Hyman–Matthews–MarnerNylander–Tavares–MikheyevRobertson–Kerfoot–KapanenClifford–Engvall–SpezzaJohnsson–Gauthier
Dermott–HollRielly–CeciMarincin–BarrieSandin–Liljegren
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— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) August 5, 2020

These pairings really seem to underline the importance of having Jake Muzzin in the lineup, so hopefully his recovery is speedy and the Leafs get him back for the next round, assuming they can make it past the Blue Jackets.
Before we look at the defensive pairings, we’ll acknowledge the forwards remain unchanged from how they finished game 2.
Now the pairings…
Rielly-Ceci
Strangely, this is still being listed as the second pairing by the Leafs. Likely pointing to the need to shelter them a bit more, but while it is fun to criticize Cody Ceci, it’s important to acknowledge the Leafs have allowed one goal in the past two games, and there is nothing to say that breaking up an established pairing …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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