The fourth line is a hill I refuse to die on

Tonight’s roster seems like it’s setting up to be bottom of the roster battle ground, if not completely a cut day preview. With the top three lines sitting out this game, as well as the top two defensive pairings, it seems like this is an opportunity for some players to make their final cases to continue with the Leafs.

#Leafs lines for game group in Montreal:
Petan-Shore-Agostino
Korshkov-Gaudet-Read
Archibald-Brooks-Bracco
Engvall-Elynuik-Aberg
Harpur-Holl
Gravel-Schmaltz
Rubins-Liljegren
Hollowell-Lindgren
Hutchinson
Indeterminate goalie
Neuvirth is absent
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) September 23, 2019
Tonight’s game is critically important for Nic Petan, Nick Shore, Kenny Agostino, Pontus Aberg, and Matt Read, although this can’t be looking too good for Pontus Aberg. The same holds true of the defense as they are likely competing for the 7th D position, but for now we’ll focus on the forwards.

Leafs practice lines:
Johnsson – Matthews – Nylander
Kapanen – Tavares – Marner
Mikheyev – Kerfoot – Moore
Timashov – / Spezza
Extras: Baptiste, Clune
Muzzin – Barrie
Rielly – Ceci
Sandin – Marincin
Extras: Kivihalme – Duszak
Andersen
Woll
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) September 23, 2019
In contrast to tonight’s roster, the practice lines like they could be an opening night roster. The Timashov, Gauthier, Spezza, and Moore pieces may still …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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