How the lines could look following Muzzin’s injury

While the Leafs did enjoy a bounce-back win on Tuesday evening, it came at the expense of Jake Muzzin who left the game early.
Late in the third period, Muzzin was cross-checked by Pierre-Luc Dubois and as he fell to the ice, his head and neck were knocked back after colliding with Oliver Bjorkstrand’s leg. He was unable to get up on his own power and was eventually taken off the ice on a stretcher following a 15-minute delay.

Here’s the cross check from Pierre-Luc Dubois on Jake Muzzin. No penalty for Dubois.
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) August 4, 2020

In the fallback of this gut-wrenching injury, fans wonder how the Leafs will adjust their lines for Games 3 and 4. This depends on what Sheldon Keefe will be looking for on his blue line for however long Muzzin is gone. Does he want to implement a player who can impact the game offensively or can provide value on the penalty kill?
If the answer is the former, then Rasmus Sandin makes the most sense. He showed promising progression during his second tenure with the big club and was trusted into big minutes when they had …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Will the Leafs be leaving New York with Alexandar Georgiev?

The Leafs are in New York to face the Rangers this evening, and depending on how desperate they’re feeling these days, they could be flying out of the city with a new goaltender in tow.
Links between Toronto and the Rangers’ Alexandar Georgiev have been talked about all season to this point, and will only get stronger as the deadline gets closer and especially if Andersen continues to miss games. This is driven by New York having to rectify a three-headed goalie situation, where Georgiev is set to receive a new RFA contract in the summer, but I also think part of it is particularly intriguing for Toronto fans because Georgiev has been a bit of a Leaf killer in the past.
Georgiev has seen plenty of action against the Maple Leafs in his career and has played well, posting a .929 save percentage across five games. That includes both starts against Toronto this season. In the most recent he made 44 saves on 48 shots.
With that in mind, it’s somewhat odd that the Rangers won’t start Georgiev tonight, instead opting for their unofficial third option, Igor Shesterkin. It’s tough to say if …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation