Maple Leafs Pregame #29: 5 Things to Watch vs. the Flyers

Apparently the Leafs and Flyers wanted to get their games over with, because tonight will be the third and final meeting between the two clubs only two months into the season.
Lineups

First line centre Morgan Frost, huh?
1. JVR
James van Riemsdyk has been off to a slow start this season, with only 5 goals and 11 points with the Flyers. It seems like former Leafs always have a field day against Toronto (he did have a hat trick last year), so we’ll see if he has a breakout game tonight, although it might be hard on the fourth line.
2. The Fringe Guys
Nick Shore got sent down earlier today, and with Marner and Moore apparently ready to come back soon, the depth guys are all going to want to play well to figure out who will fill out the bottom six. Spezza seems to have locked himself in thanks to the coaching change, but guys like Petan, Gauthier, and Timashov are all going to have to put on their A-game, because not only could they not be regulars in the lineup once the Leafs are healthy, they might not fit on the roster in the cap crunch.
3. Pierre Engvall
Engvall …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs Post-Game #18: 5 things we learned from the Leafs’ loss to Philly

The Leafs fell 3-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night, for their first loss in quite some time.
Well, we might get to see the Leafs without Mitch Marner
In the second period, Marner fell down.
Jim Hughson said it was a broken skate blade.
Joe Bowen said it was a broken skate blade.
Mitch Marner didn’t think it was a broken skate blade, and tried to skate to the bench, unsuccessfully.
After a few spins trying to see if he could come back, and a couple trips to the dressing room, the Leafs eventually announced Marner would be out for the night with an ankle injury. Tough bounce.
I won’t link the injury as it could be a little gruesome to see his leg bend awkwardly, but at least Marner felt comfortable enough to attempt to keep skating.
We’ll likely get an answer in the next day or two, but for now…

Mitch Marner won’t travel with #Leafs to Chicago for tomorrow’s game, per Mike Babcock
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) November 10, 2019

 
Travis Dermott has an offensive side too
After falling behind 2-0 to start the game, the Leafs turned to… Travis Dermott for …

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Author: Adam Laskaris / The Leafs Nation