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Maple Leafs Line Combinations and Changes for Lightning Game Tonight

Tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs begin their Florida trip by playing the Tampa Bay Lightning. What changes have been made for the game?

In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs Line Combinations, I’ll take a look at some of the player changes for the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight.

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Line Combinations for Tonight’s Game Against the Lightning

Two Maple Leafs Changes of Note

Change One: Jack Campbell Is Starting in Goal

Coming into tonight’s game, there are two possible key lineup changes of note. One is just that goalie Jack Campbell, who made his first start since March 8 on Saturday night against the Philadelphia Flyers, will be back in the Maple Leafs’ net.

Jack Campbell Toronto Maple Leafs goalie
Jack Campbell goes to make a save for the Maple Leafs

Campbell came back from a 10-game injury rehab. His rib injury is apparently healed; and, in the game on Saturday, he stopped all by three of 32 shots to beat the Flyers. With the win, the 30-year-old Campbell’s record improved to 25-9-4. He also carries a goals-against-average 2.66 and a save percentage of .914 in the 41 games he’s played on the season.

Campbell’s record against the Lightning is 1-1-0 with a .902 save percentage. He’s made two career starts against the two-time reigning NHL Stanley Cup champs.

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Change Two: William Nylander Is Ill and has Missed Practice

William Nylander came down with an illness and didn’t practice Sunday. There’s been no additional report that I can find today, so it’s impossible to know how ill Nylander might be or the illness he’s dealing with. That’s why he was absent from the line combinations that David Alter released.

In Nylander’s place, Nick Abruzzese jumped into a third-line role. Abruzzese made his NHL debut against the Flyers, and looked solid and smart on the puck in what was an odd game. The Flyers had the Maple Leafs on their heels for much of the first two periods. The rookie from Harvard University has great offensive potential.

William Nylander, Maple Leafs (Upper Deck Card)

Nylander is probably listed day-to-day ahead of tonight’s game in Tampa Bay. His status should become clearer after Monday’s morning skate. Maple Leafs’ head coach Sheldon Keefe said the team would see how Nylander feels this morning. 

There’s a Possibility that Jake Muzzin Might Play Soon

Finally, there’s a report that Jake Muzzin’s concussion is sufficiently better. He’s traveling with the team and is expected to play during this road trip at some point. However, it won’t be tonight against the Lightning.

Muzzin’s concussion has sidelined him since February 21. However, he’s been improving and had a full practice on Sunday. On the season, Muzzin has 12 points and 84 hits in 41 games. 

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Afp1961

    April 4, 2022 at 10:44 am

    Good to play jack against Tampa bay as they are the direct competition at the moment and thus the bigger game. Save Kallgren for another time againstvTanpa as they have yet to see him and make book on him.

    Willie will play tonight. Had a non Covid illness but should be good to go.

    Muzzin will be back likely against Dallas.

    • Old Prof

      April 4, 2022 at 1:49 pm

      And you are ahead of me on the Nylander report. I think you’re right about the goalie situation. It will be nice to see Kallgren in goal again – to my eyes, he’s looked very good this season. Rookie mistakes and all, but still a good player – calm.

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