Leafs lineup notes: Simmonds moves up, Kerfoot day-to-day, Dermott checks back in

After a successful Western swing where the Leafs wrapped up a stretch of 10 games in just 18 days, the team was given some time to rest and reset with a day off on Sunday, followed by an optional skate on Monday. The team got back to full practice on Tuesday and had some new lineup combinations on display with third line center Alexander Kerfoot missing practice after skating with the injured Joe Thornton prior to the main group taking the ice.

Keefe says Kerfoot is day to day. #Leafs
— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) February 2, 2021

In Kerfoot’s place, Pierre Engvall was centering a third line that featured Ilya Mikheyev and Jimmy Vesey on the wings. Kerfoot’s status for Thursday’s contest against Vancouver is tentative and the Leafs will have to be more conservative with their usage of the third line if he isn’t able to play.
With Vesey moving out of the top six, Wayne Simmonds appears to be getting a chance alongside John Tavares and William Nylander on Toronto’s second line after a road trip in which he really seemed to be finding his game.

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs Pregame #32: 5 Things to Watch for against the Canucks

The Leafs are heading out to Western Canada this week. That means two things:
Leafs fans complaining about the start time of games
Other fans complaining about the number of Leafs fans at their games
The important thing is that all hockey fans get to complain and that’s what we love to do the most.
Lineups

LW
C
RW
Forwards
PONTUS ABERG
Rating: 71.6#88 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 79.6#9 C

WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 74.7#28 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.30#15 FL1

ZACH HYMAN
Rating: 72.9#62 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 79.0#13 C

MITCH MARNER
Rating: 77.6#19 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.46#3 FL2

ILYA MIKHEYEV
Rating: 73.7#47 LW

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 71.4#141 C

KASPERI KAPANEN
Rating: 73.2#48 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.80#8 FL3

PIERRE ENGVALL
Rating: 73.7#44 LW

JASON SPEZZA
Rating: 71.2#144 C

NIC PETAN
Rating: 71.1#94 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 72.02#4 FL4

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Defense
MORGAN RIELLY
Rating: 75.9#11 LD

TYSON BARRIE
Rating: 75.8#16 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.88#11 DL1

JAKE MUZZIN
Rating: 74.9#26 LD

JUSTIN HOLL
Rating: 73.1#54 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.97#11 DL2

TRAVIS DERMOTT
Rating: 73.3#56 LD

CODY CECI
Rating: 71.7#88 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.48#16 DL3

LW
C
RW
Forwards
TANNER PEARSON
Rating: 74.3#37 LW

BO HORVAT
Rating: 75.4#37 C

JOSH LEIVO
Rating: 72.2#75 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.95#24 FL1

J.T. MILLER
Rating: 74.6#34 LW

ELIAS PETTERSSON
Rating: 77.7#17 C

BROCK BOESER
Rating: 75.7#19 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.01#6 …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Grades from Toronto Raptors beatdown of New Orleans Pelicans

The Toronto Raptors started their Western Conference road trip with a convincing victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. How did everyone grade in the win? While the Toronto Raptors walked away from the Smoothie King Center with a fairly comfortable victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, it wasn’t without concern. The Raptors lost both Kyle […]
Grades from Toronto Raptors beatdown of New Orleans Pelicans – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ