Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe chatting with the media
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Sheldon Keefe teases a mystery last-minute lineup change ahead of tonight's game

Published February 13, 2024 at 11:37
BY MIKE ARMENTI

The Toronto Maple Leafs are patiently awaiting the announcement regarding Morgan Rielly's suspension, with his hearing set to take place later this afternoon. One thing that we do know, however, is that Rielly will not be in the lineup tonight.

The Leafs have already taken to the ice for their morning skate on Tuesday, but there was one conspicuous absence among the forwards. Veteran winger Ryan Reaves, who has already missed a considerable amount of time this season between a lower-body injury and a series of healthy scratches.

Following their brief game day practice, Sheldon Keefe addressed the media in Toronto and quickly dispelled any rumours that Reaves may be dealing with another injury, stating that the fearless enforcer will be in the lineup tonight. Keefe did, however, tease that there may be a last-minute change before the game elsewhere on the roster.

Keefe didn't specify who the mystery player is who may be coming out of the lineup, but with David Kampf returning tonight after recovering from his undisclosed injury and Pontus Holmberg reportedly shifting back over to the wing, it stands to reason that it might be Bobby McMann coming out of the lineup, though we won't have confirmation on that until game time. The lines at practice on Monday had McMann skating as an extra, which might be an indication that he's the one dealing with something.


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At any rate, with Keefe keeping his cards close to the vest on this one, we aren't going to know more until warmups this evening before they host the St. Louis Blues.

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