Injury concerns for 3 Maple Leafs leading into Game 1.
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Injury concerns for 3 Maple Leafs leading into Game 1.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are limping into Game 1 against a tough opponent in the Boston Bruins.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are dealing with some injuries as they head into Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs this evening, and there are real questions about which players will be available once the puck drops on Saturday night.

The injury concern surrounds 3 forwards at the moment, all to varying degrees, with star forward William Nylander, forward Bobby McMann and forward Calle Jarnkrok all listed as "possibilities" in the latest update from Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe.

The most pressing issue surrounds the most important player on that list as far as point production is concerned with William Nylander apparently waking up on Thursday morning to an unexpected issue. Nylander is reportedly dealing with some discomfort, but as this wasn't an issue that occurred during the regular season there is some degree of mystery regarding the nature of his injury.

There have been some rumblings that Nylander is expected to be out of the lineup this evening, but nothing has been made official as of yet.

Bobby McMann has been dealing with a lower body injury, one that cost him the final two games of the regular season, and there remain questions about whether or not he has recovered enough to play in Game 1.

The most positive news of the three appears to be reserved for Calle Jarnkrok who appears to have recovered from his second significant hand injury of the season. Jarnkrok was on the ice for practice on Friday, although Keefe did not officially confirm his return to the lineup. The issue for Jarnkrok will be finding his game after an extended layoff, having last played for the Maple Leafs on March 14th against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Here is what Toronto's lines looked like on Friday, with McMann and Nylander out of the lineup:



Stay tuned for more updates prior to puck drop.