All 24 teams that will participate in the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs have entered the bubble and although we are still a few days away from the beginning of playoff hockey, things are starting to get quite serious. For the Maple Leafs things will heat up very shortly as they will face long time rivals the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday in ab exhibition match up before the official tournament begins. It will be one of the only opportunities that teams will have to truly prepare for the real games coming up, so although it is merely an exhibition I expect these to be intensely contested games.
Although the Maple Leafs have not officially announced their roster for that contest as of yet on Monday we got a look at the Leafs lines during a practice session where the team was at full strength. We strongly suspect that the line combinations that were showcased today will be the one's the Leafs will be using in Montreal, and I suspect the same will be true for the defensive pairings we saw today. Here is a look at the lines and pairings Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe was working with on Monday:
William Nylander - Auston Matthews - Zach Hyman
Ilya Mikheyev - John Tavares - Mitch MarnerNick Robertson - Alex Kerfoot - Kasperi Kapanen
Kyle Clifford - Pierre Engvall - Jason SpezzaNic Petan - Frederik Gauthier - Denis Malgin
Jake Muzzin - Justin HollMorgan Rielly - Cody Ceci
Travis Dermott - Tyson BarrieRasmus Sandin - Matt Marincin
Calle Rosen - Timothy Liljegren
Although there was no announcement made regarding the goaltender, I think it is safe to suggest that Frederik Andersen will be the man in goal for the Leafs tomorrow night as well.