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21:51  14 march  2019
21:51  14 march  2019 Source:   thestar.com

Little rest and no reward as Leafs are set a Lightning wake-up call

Little rest and no reward as Leafs are set a Lightning wake-up call The Maple Leafs have had very little time to rest, coming off their Western Canada road trip, and their reward: A date tonight with the NHL’s best, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Often, the toughest home game of the season are the ones following a road trip through different time zones, but to come right in to face the Lightning (52-13-4) — who are 15-2-2 in their last 19 games — is quite the wake-up call. “They are a real good team, veteran team. They’ve done a good job of keeping their players and acquiring more players. They’ve scouted real good so they can trade and get more players," said Leafs coach Mike Babcock. “They had Steve Stamkos and Victor Hedman, not a bad start.

Babcock hopeful of having Hyman back for meeting with Flyers© Frank Gunn Toronto Maple Leafs wing Zach Hyman didn’t practice Thursday but coach Mike Babcock is still hopeful of having him back for Friday’s meeting with the Flyers.

Leafs coach Mike Babcock is hopeful first line winger Zach Hyman will recover from the flu in time for Friday’s game against Philadelphia.

Hyman, who missed Wednesday’s 5-4 loss to Chicago — a loss precipitated by another slow Leafs’ start — was also absent from practice Thursday.

“He’s not here …” Babcock said when asked how Hyman’s recovery was progressing.

When asked if Hyman would miss Friday’s game, Babcock quipped: “I sure hope not …”

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Toronto practiced Friday with a lineup depleted by the absence of Hyman and Kasperi Kapanen (concussion). Defenceman Jake Gardiner (back) remains out, with no set timetable for a return, while fellow blueliner Travis Dermott (shoulder) will not play Friday, but has been skating on his own prior to practices.

Gardiner has been out of the lineup the longest of the four injured players — eight games — and the Leafs have gone 4-3-1 over that stretch. But they started poorly in several of those games, especially the past two games — both losses — where concerns have surfaced over their readiness to start games, and their overall defensive play.

Babcock, though, wasn’t buying into the notion that his team is struggling due to the fact that it’s without four key players and two of his top four defenceman.

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“I don’t buy into any of that,” Babcock said. “You put our uniform on, you have to be ready to go. We expect a lot from our group, doesn’t matter if you played three games, five games, 12 games, or you just got called up from the Marlies.”

In the meantime, here’s the lines from Thursday’s practice, reflecting the absence of Hyman and Kapanen:

Marleau-Tavares-Marner

Johnsson-Matthews-Nylander

Moore-Kadri-Brown

Ennis-Gauthier-Petan

Babcock used the D-pairs he has been deploying, but also shuffled them around a bit during practice.

Here’s the D-pairs at the outset of practice:

Rielly-Hainsey

Muzzin-Zaitsev

Marincin-Holl

Oshiganov

Babcock also said that backup goalie Garrett Sparks would play in one of the back-to-back games this weekend — Philadelphia at home Friday, at Ottawa Saturday.

Takeaways: Leafs need Andersen back on his game in a hurry.
What to do about Frederik Andersen? Should he play more to get in a groove before the Maple Leafs head into the playoffs? Should he play less so he can be rested when the playoffs begin? It seems that’s the most pertinent question of all, even after an absurd 5-4 shootout loss Wednesday night to the Philadelphia Flyers. Andersen was busy, facing 44 shots as well as five Philadelphia shooters in the tiebreak. Sean Couturier was the only shooter on either side to get one through. Andersen’s workload is clearly a question neither he nor coach Mike Babcock like to answer.

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