Toronto Maple Leafs forward Calle Järnkrok
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Sheldon Keefe reveals the game plan with yet another injury testing the depth

Published March 15, 2024 at 9:28

There were a lot of positives on Thursday night for the Toronto Maple Leafs with their 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers after having four straight days off.

The worst takeaway from the Leafs' latest victory is that another player has fallen to injury. Swiss army knife Calle Järnkrok went awkwardly into the boards Thursday night in the second period and it resulted in the veteran forward missing the third period.

Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe spoke to the media post game in Philadelphia, stating that it doesn't appear to be a shoulder or head injury for Järnkrok, but he will need to be properly evaluated back in Toronto on Friday before Saturday's home game matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes. With the injury not being to his head or shoulder, that leaves neck and collarbone injuries as the most likely scenarios here.

This is unfortunate news for Järnkrok, who has been a consistent top nine contributor in Toronto. He only recently returned to the Maple Leafs' lineup March 2nd from a broken knuckle that had him out of service since January 27th.

With Toronto's cornerstone winger Mitch Marner already injured and Calle Järnkrok now joining him, this gives the opportunity for Nicholas Robertson or Noah Gregor to potentially draw back into the lineup if both Marner and Järnkrok are slated to miss Saturdays game, which appears to be the most likely scenario.

"Just like we've had others step up for Mitch, we'll have to do similar with Jarny if he's going to miss a period of time here" - Keefe on the game plan for the Leafs

March 15   |   650 answers
Sheldon Keefe reveals the game plan with yet another injury testing the depth

With two Leafs expected to miss time, who should draw back into the lineup?

Noah Gregor14121.7 %
Nick Robertson46972.2 %
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