Muzzin will be absent Saturday night and that could lead to some interesting D pairings

First things first, we have confirmation that the Leafs will be without Muzzin against Philadelphia.

Jake Muzzin not playing tomorrow in Philadelphia due to personal reasons … NOT injury
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) November 1, 2019
Despite the report of Muzzin having a charley horse injury that saw him leave the game Tuesday night and keep him out of practice this week, it is in fact personal reasons that Muzzin won’t play. The last thing we want to do is speculate on what those could be and instead we’ll just wish all the best to Muzzin and hope to see him back in a Leafs uniform soon.
Having Muzzin back in a Leafs uniform really soon should be the goal because that’s lead to the following change…

Lines at Leafs practice
Johnsson – Matthews – Nylander
Moore – Tavares – Marner
Mikheyev – Kerfoot – Kapanen
Timashov – Shore –
Spezza, Hyman
Rielly – Ceci
Marincin – Barrie
Dermott – Holl
Muzzin
Andersen
Hutchinson
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) November 1, 2019
Yep, everyone’s favourite defenseman Martin Marincin will be playing with Barrie. I’m pretty sure this essentially makes the Dermott-Holl pairing the 2nd pairing.
We probably wouldn’t be so bummed about these pairings and would have expected it be what happened, but …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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