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Maple Leafs Place Marner, Engvall on COVID-19 Protocol
Mitch Marner returned for a pair of games after missing most of December with a shoulder injury. The Toronto Maple Leafs will be short a pair of forwards for at least the first game of their upcoming road trip.Mitch Marner and Pierre Engvall have been placed on COVID-19 protocol, the team announced before practice on Friday.Marner missed most of last month with a shoulder injury he received after a collision with teammate Jake Muzzin during a practice on Dec. 3.Marner has six goals and 15 assists in 26 games this season. He has no points in his two games since his return from injury.
Toronto Maple Leafs forwards Mitch Marner and Pierre Engvall returned to practice Friday as Ondrej Kase, Justin Holl and Nick Ritchie entered COVID-19 protocol.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Mitch Marner could have returned to action earlier in the week had the schedule allowed for it.
Both he and forward Pierre Engvall, were eligible to return to the team earlier than Friday, but a compressed schedule that saw the Toronto Maple Leafs play on back-to-back nights made for a less-than-ideal situation for both forwards to re-enter the lineup earlier in the week.
"It wouldn't have been the right to do, playing last game but I was open to doing that as well," Marner said after practice on Friday, "I'm just excited to be back and I'm good to go."
Red-hot Maple Leafs hit the road without Mitch Marner after positive COVID-19 test
TORONTO — The Maple Leafs are hitting the road — and preparing to once again play in front of fans — minus one of their stars. The team announced Friday that Mitch Marner and fellow winger Pierre Engvall have been placed into the NHL's COVID-19 protocol. Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe said both players were experiencing mild symptoms after testing positive as their teammates prepared to open a four-game road trip Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche. "It's just the reality of the situation," Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly said following practice before the club flew to Denver. "Everybody's going through it.
Marner and Engvall were placed in COVID-19 protocol eight days ago. The timing of their exit put them right in between games against the Vegas Golden Knights and Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday and Thursday.
Instead, both players skated at home before boarding a plane for Phoenix on Thursday.
Marner took his regular spot on the first line with Michael Bunting and Auston Matthews at practice. He also got his spot back on the team's top power-play unit and will likely be on the penalty kill when the team visits the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
The timing of Maner and Engvall's comes just as the team announced before practice that forwards Ondrej Kase, Nitch Ritchie and defenseman Justin Holl entered COVID-19 protocol.
"Both guys are really valuable for us and they contribute in lots of ways," Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said of Marner and Engvall. "It's tough to see guys leave the lineup, but that's how it is with COVID these days."
Reaves, Fox score 2 each as Rangers beat Maple Leafs 6-3
NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Reaves is used to long scoring droughts during his 12-year career. He came through in a big way to end his latest one. Reaves scored his first two goals since joining the Rangers in the offseason, Adam Fox had two goals and an assist, and New York scored three times in the third period to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3 on Wednesday night for its seventh win in nine games. “I never want to go three months without scoring,” said Reaves, who has 51 goals in 719 career games. “I tend to do that a lot in my career. Feels good to get them out of the way, especially in this barn. Hopefully they keep coming.
Marner returned to the lineup on Jan. 1 after missing most of December with a shoulder injury he sustained in a collision at practice with teammate Jake Muzzin. The skilled forward was coming off a productive November where he scored five goals and added 11 assists in 14 games. He followed that up with a two assists in an 8-3 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Dec. 1.
With the Leafs struggling to hold on to leads in the third period in their current road trip, Marner's rest and offense could help give the team a much-needed boost.
"He looked good, had a lot of pep and a lot of energy," Matthews said of Marner. "It's never easy to just pop back in and start going again with the time off, but if anyone can kind of bounce back and be as much of himself as possible, it's definitely him."
The Maple Leafs have been outscored 5-1 in the third period of their last three games. Keefe mentioned following the team's 2-1 loss to the Coyotes that he was concerned about where his team was at from a conditioning standpoint.
Maple Leafs add Kase, Ritchie and Holl to NHL's COVID-19 protocol
The Toronto Maple Leafs have added three more players to the NHL's COVID-19 protocol as an outbreak on the team that started in December continues to drag on. The Leafs announced Friday that forwards Ondrej Kase and Nick Ritchie and defenceman Justin Holl have been added to the list. The announcement comes two days after the Maple Leafs dropped a 2-1 road decision to the Arizona Coyotes, who are in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak. A total of 20 Maple Leaf players have entered the protocol since the team struggled through its outbreak last month. Video: Sam Reinhart scores a pair as Panthers down Canucks (cbc.
After a 17-day pause in their schedule due to COVID-19 outbreak that hit both the team and the league, the Leafs played their first pair of games in 2022 without fans. The contests felt like pre-season games due to the time off, combined with the lack of a crowd at Scotiabank Arena due to Ontario government restrictions.
"It's coming up here and it shows that we haven't played in these environments in such a long time," Keefe said. 'It's taken us a while to get through it so we have to be mindful of that."
On Friday, Keefe ended the session with a conditioning skate where players sprinted back and forth for 45 second intervals.
Jack gets his due
Jack Campbell and Matthews were both named to the 2022 NHL All-Star Game on Thursday. For Matthews, it's not a surprise as the superstar will make his fourth appearance and second as team captain of the Atlantic Division. But for Campbell it will be his first at age 30.
"It's a huge moment for me and my family," Campbell said of the honor.
Drafted 11th overall by the Dallas Stars in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Port Huron, Michigan native struggled to find his footing in the league.
He eventually found a home with the Los Angeles Kings where he established himself as a dependable backup before joining the Maple Leafs in February of 2020. Last season, Campbell set the NHL record for most wins to start the season at 11 and unseeded incumbent starter Frederik Anderson.
Campbell has carried last season's success into this year with 18-5-3 record and a .935 save percentage. His consistency and solid numbers are putting in the conversation for the Vezina Trophy, handed out annually to the NHL's best goaltender.
"It's a great story and something people can learn from," Matthews said of Campbell."
Oilers place captain McDavid in COVID-19 protocol ahead of game with Maple Leafs .
TORONTO — The Oilers announced that captain Connor McDavid, forward Derek Ryan and defenceman Tyson Barrie have entered the NHL's COVID-19 protocol hours before Edmonton was scheduled to face the Maple Leafs in Toronto. McDavid and Ryan were held out of practice Tuesday after returning positive tests as the team awaited results of further testing to determine their status for Wednesday's game. McDavid had tested negative on Monday before playing in Edmonton's 4-1 loss against the Rangers in New York. The Oilers also placed forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on injured reserve. Nugent-Hopkins had been out day-to-day since Saturday with an undisclosed injury.