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Sports Babcock explains what gives Moore, Timashov edge

19:45  21 october  2019
19:45  21 october  2019 Source:   thescore.com

The Leafs’ third men in are off to a first-rate start to the season

  The Leafs’ third men in are off to a first-rate start to the season The Leafs’ third men in are off to a first-rate start to the seasonMoore has two goals and an assist, while Kerfoot and Mikheyev each have a goal and two assists after the Leafs’ 2-0-1 start.

Babcock sees good things with Timashov , but the coach would also like to see him protect the puck more and develop into a player along the lines of Trevor Moore and, eventually “It means you’re really close,” Timashov said, smiling, when he was made aware of Babcock ’s comments Tuesday.

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Mike Babcock is giving the phrase "bottom of the lineup" a whole new meaning.

The Toronto Maple Leafs head coach gave an anatomical answer when asked what allows smaller skaters like Trevor Moore and Dmytro Timashov - who are both listed at 5-foot-10 - to succeed with the team.

"They got big a**es," Babcock told reporters, including TSN's Kristen Shilton, on Monday. "So they weigh a lot. You can laugh, but it's the truth. You can get under people, you can win retrieval races, you can own lanes. You have good balance."

Moore is in a five-way tie for second on the club with three goals to go along with two assists in nine games. The 24-year-old has been playing on the Leafs' third line and second power-play unit.

Timashov has four points of his own and potted his first NHL goal in Saturday's victory over the Boston Bruins. The 23-year-old has been filling a fourth-line role after spending the last three seasons with the AHL's Toronto Marlies.

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Tavares returns to practice but status for Saturday unclear .
Toronto Maple Leafs captain John Tavares returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a broken finger on Oct. 16 against the Washington Capitals. The 29-year-old skated on a line flanked by Mitch Marner and Trevor Moore, but head coach Mike Babcock says it's unclear when Tavares will return to game action. “I can’t tell you when he’s playing. I just know we’re doing everything, and he’s doing everything, to be ready when he gets his opportunity," Babcock said following Wednesday's practice, according to The Athletic's Jonas Siegel. "The doctors will check that out and decide when he’s available.

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