Sheldon Keefe stated earlier today that the Leafs had a number of game time decisions they were planning to make on banged up players heading into tonight’s game with the Chicago Blackhawks. This is interesting for a few reasons.
The main reason being that this is the Leafs final game before beginning their bye week heading into the All-Star break. That’s right, tonight is your last chance to see the Leafs until January 27th.
The decision would obviously allow some players the chance to heal up. With Rielly and Muzzin already out on the blueline, risking further extended absences seems like a bad idea, and the imagine of Travis Dermott shaking off a shot block against Calgary is still pretty fresh in my head. If the Leafs pull a defenseman out of the lineup it’s also a chance to see Timothy Liljegren in a Leafs uniform, which is something we should all be excited for.
It is likely a large number of the players who have been called up from the Marlies are about to spend the Leafs bye week in the AHL, and Liljegren will certainly be one of them, but he’ …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation