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The Toronto Maple Leafs are back in action tonight against the scorching hot New Jersey Devils, and they're about to begin at least the next four weeks without the services of defenseman Morgan Rielly. He suffered either a Grade 1 or 2 MCL sprain against the New York Islanders earlier in the week, and has landed on LTIR.
In the meantime, Victor Mete and Mac Hollowell have been called up from the American Hockey League affiliate Toronto Marlies. To say that Hollowell is excited for his National Hockey League debut would be a major understatement, according to his comments.
"It means everything," he said. "I have been waiting for this moment since I was a little kid. Just to get my name called is really good."
It was a bit of a contrast from the comments made from Nic Robertson, who will be slotted back into tonight's lineup. According to him, he seems to be implying he's more swayed by the monetary rewards:
"Like Keefer said... there's benefits of being in NHL even when you’re not playing," he said. "Obviously, the paycheque’s nice too."
Here are tonight's anticipated line combinations:
#58 Michael Bunting – #34 Auston Matthews – #88 William Nylander
#89 Nick Robertson – #91 John Tavares – #16 Mitch Marner
#15 Alex Kerfoot – #29 Pontus Holmberg – #19 Calle Järnkrok
#12 Zach Aston-Reese – #64 David Kämpf – #47 Pierre Engvall
#55 Mark Giordano – #3 Justin Holl
#38 Rasmus Sandin – #37 Timothy Liljegren
#18 Jordie Benn – $81 Mac Hollowell
It will be Matt Murray between the pipes.