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