Leafs make several tweaks in their lineup ahead of Saturday's tilt with the Habs

Published April 9, 2022 at 11:13
BY RYAN SMITHERAM
After an OT thriller Thursday night in Dallas, the Leafs return home tonight for the classic Saturday night battle with the Habs. Unfortunately, Timothy Liljegren is once again the odd man out on the blueline while Justin Holl continues to play his way out of the lineup on the third pairing with Mark Giordano.

Up front, Jason Spezza will draw back into the lineup after being a scratch in Thursdays game, while rookie Nick Abruzzese will come out to make room for him. Additionally, after being injured/pulled in Tuesday night's game against Florida, rookie Erik Kallgren will get the start tonight.

As well as Campbell has played since coming back from his injury, it is important for him to get some games off down the stretch to keep him healthy, and with a 3-point lead on the Bruins for that 2nd spot in the Atlantic Division, it makes sense to give Soupy the night off. Hopefully the Leafs don't play down to the Habs, as they usually do against non-playoff teams and like their last meeting.

The Leafs can clinch a playoff berth tonight with a win against the Habs and they can also notch their 6th 100-point season in franchise history. It should be an entertaining game between two heated rivals on Hockey Night in Canada.


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