Sheldon Keefe makes controversial goaltending change.
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Sheldon Keefe makes controversial goaltending change.

Sheldon Keefe has officially confirmed a change in goal, but is it the right decision?

Jonathan Larivee

In the grand scheme of things this is a relatively minor decision, but it will be one that Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe is likely to have highly scrutinized this evening.

On Saturday, Keefe cryptically confirmed that the Maple Leafs would be making a goaltending change before facing the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday but stopped short of naming his starting goaltender for the game. This left questions about the potential return of Maple Leafs goaltender Ilya Samsonov or the potential debut of Maple Leaf rookie Dennis Hildeby, questions that have now been answered.

If you were hoping to see Hildeby get his first taste of the National Hockey League you're going to be disappointed as Keefe confirmed on Sunday that it would be Samsonov getting his first start since being placed on waivers back in the month of December.

It won't be an easy start for Samsonov either with the Maple Leafs playing their second game in as many nights, and with Sheldon Keefe openly admitting this morning that the team's mood isn't great after an ugly loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.

Only time will tell whether or not throwing Samsonov right back into the fire proves to be right decision.