News from the Rink: Marner exits Leafs practice early, Morgan Rielly absent

The Leafs had their final practice in Toronto before heading to Minnesota for tomorrow night’s game. Toronto will also play Sunday in Winnipeg.
Toronto is currently the hottest team in the NHL right now, winning 15 of their last 17 games.
Lines at Leafs practice on Friday
Here’s how Toronto’s lines shaped up this afternoon at Ford Performance Centre.

Morgan Rielly absent from Leafs practice.
Practice lines:
Bunting-Matthews-MarnerKerfoot-Tavares-NylanderEngvall-Kampf-KaseRitchie-Spezza-Simmonds
Extras: Mikheyev, Clifford, Anderson
Sandin-BrodieMuzzin-HollDermott-Liljegren
WollHutchinsonCampbell (departs early)
— Jonas Siegel (@jonassiegel) December 3, 2021

Morgan Rielly absent from practice
Morgan Rielly was absent from Leafs practice on Friday, which is likely the biggest news of today. I don’t usually speculate, but on the Leafs’ Instagram after Wednesday’s game, there was a story of them returning to the locker room after a win. To me, it looked like Rielly was in some discomfort walking into the room. He also might have been walking with a limp.
But Sheldon Keefe, after practice, says he will play on Saturday night.

Keefe says Rielly is recovering from a blocked shot he suffered in Cali. X-ray came back negative and they expect him to play.
— David Alter (@dalter) December 3, 2021

This explains the limp he was walking …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

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