Player News - Maple Leafs

Date: Team: Pos:

James van Riemsdyk is currently on a 10-game goalless drought.

van Riemsdyk has still managed to put up a respectable 19 goals this season, but he hasn't found the back of the net since Feb. 4. "You want to be contributing, you want to be scoring," van Riemsdyk said. "But I’m focusing on the little details, making sure those are in shape and then maybe the puck starts going in again." He'll get an opportunity to snap the streak against the Canadiens on Saturday night.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 25 - 9:42 AM

Connor Carrick did not take part in Maple Leafs practice on Friday.

Carrick suffered an upper-body injury on Tuesday night and he hasn't returned to the ice since. Don't expect him to be in the lineup when Toronto hosts Montreal on Saturday night. He continues to be day-to-day.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 25 - 9:40 AM

Mitch Marner (upper body) is not expected to play Saturday against Montreal, despite having a "vigorous" workout on the ice on Friday.

Coach Mike Babcock wasn't happy to hear that they're "science project" isn't going on his preferred timeline, but noted "that's why you have the medical science people you do." Doctors, the wedge between all coaches and players. It sounds like Marner is close to returning.
Feb 24 - 3:54 PM

Frederik Andersen was outstanding in Thursday's 2-1 shootout loss to the New York Rangers.

He stopped 37 of the 38 shots he faced in 65 minutes. After the game, Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said his goalie was a "star" tonight. Unfortunately for Toronto, they only managed to score the lone goal on Henrik Lundqvist. The loss drops Andersen's record to 24-13-11 on the season. He'll enter his next start with a 2.76 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage.
Feb 23 - 11:06 PM

Connor Brown scored a goal in Thursday's 2-1 shootout loss to the New York Rangers.

Brown opened the scoring at the 10:56 mark of the first period to give Toronto the 1-0 lead, but it was the only offense they were able to come up with tonight. The Maple Leafs got a valuable point in the standings thanks to goalie Frederik Andersen, who turned in a fantastic performance in the loss. Brown has three goals in his last three games and he's up to 15 on the season. He has 27 points in 60 contests.
Feb 23 - 10:58 PM

Martin Marincin and Ben Smith will be scratched against the Rangers on Thursday.

Marincin has been scratched for 10 consecutive games. The defender has posted a goal and seven points along with 14 PIMs, 23 hits, and 27 blocks in just 23 games this season. Smith meanwhile has posted four points plus 26 hits and 39 blocks in 34 games.
Feb 23 - 6:35 PM

Frederik Andersen will be in net against the Rangers on Thursday.

Andersen has already faced the Blueshirts twice this season, going 1-1 with six goals against on 76 combined shots. He's 3-3-2 with 30 goals against and an .886 save percentage this month, however.
Feb 23 - 5:57 PM

Alexey Marchenko will make his Leafs debut on Thursday night versus the Rangers.

He was claimed off waivers from Detroit nearly three weeks ago and finally gets the chance to play because of an injury to Connor Carrick. "There was nothing I could do but be patient and work hard in practice," Marchenko said. "I've tried to adjust to the team and the city, move into a new place. I've been here for the World Cup and playing against the Marlies for a couple of years." He is projected to be paired with Jake Gardiner.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 23 - 9:53 AM

Brooks Laich cleared waivers on Wednesday.

He played in Wednesday afternoon's 3-2 win for the Marlies over Syracuse. Laich hasn't seen any NHL action this year.
Feb 22 - 6:47 PM

Connor Carrick is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

He was injured in Tuesday's game against Winnipeg. Coach Mike Babcock feels the term "day-to-day" means about 10 days, so that could keep Carrick out for the next five games.
Feb 22 - 2:13 PM

Mitch Marner (upper body) has already been ruled out for Thursday's game against the New York Rangers.

In some encouraging news, Marner was on the ice Wednesday morning with some teammates and he didn't appear to be having any issues. A return on Saturday could be a possibility. Marner will miss his fourth straight game on Thursday with what is believed to be a shoulder injury.
Feb 22 - 12:23 PM

Coach Mike Babcock hinted that Alexey Marchenko could be in the lineup for Thursday's game versus the New York Rangers.

Connor Carrick exited Tuesday's game against Winnipeg with an upper-body injury and Babcock said afterward "that will give us a chance to watch Marchenko." He was claimed off waivers from Detroit earlier this month and his Toronto debut appears to finally be happening.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 22 - 11:08 AM

Jake Gardiner ripped the game-winning goal in overtime and added an assist in a 5-4 win over Winnipeg on Tuesday night.

The mobile defender scored on a two-on-one rush shortly after the Maple Leafs finished killing a penalty. Gardiner's assist came on William Nylander's game-tying power-play goal. He has racked up five points in the last two games to give him 30 on the season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 22 - 11:01 AM

Josh Leivo continued his hot play Tuesday night.

He posted two assists against Winnipeg to give him eight points in the last five games. Leivo has also been credited with 21 shots in nine appearances with Toronto this campaign.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 22 - 10:57 AM

Leo Komarov scored two goals in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win against Winnipeg.

He has compiled six points over a five-game point streak. Komarov only had one goal in his previous 21 outings, though. He has contributed 10 markers and 22 points in 59 matches this season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 22 - 10:54 AM


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