The Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight before travelling to Minnesota and Winnipeg for a back-to-back this weekend.
After yesterday’s practice, Sheldon Keefe confirmed that Joey Anderson would slot into the lineup tonight. He also said that Ondrej Kase would skate in the morning today but would not play.
The Leafs brought Anderson on the first stop of the California road trip, which was in Los Angeles. There, he was able to visit his brother, who plays for the Kings.
“It was a really nice gesture,” Anderson said on Tuesday. “They [the Leafs] know how tough last year was on everybody, so they’re trying to help everybody out and make sure guys are feeling good.”
Tonight, though, the 23-year-old suits up for his first NHL game of the season, playing on the third line with David Kampf and Pierre Engvall.
“Joey [Anderson] is a guy that works extremely hard,” Keefe said after practice on Tuesday. “He’s a versatile player, he’s got good defensive instincts, great work ethic. We think he can help on the penalty kill. We liked his camp, we liked his start to the Marlies season, and he’s been up …
Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation