Maple Leaf defense faces early stress test as injuries pile up.

Maple Leaf defense faces early stress test as injuries pile up.

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn.
– Hours before the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Nashville Predators on Saturday night, Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said his team will take a different approach on defense without Jake McCabe.
The Leafs did this for a period and a half, with Mike Van Ryn leading the defense behind the bench.
The most interesting thing is the use of John Klingberg.
From the start of the first quarter, Klingberg was matched up with Morgan Rielly in the offensive zone.
Then another, and another.
In all, Klingberg had seven offensive zone rebounds along with Rielly.
Bringing in Klingberg was a logical move, sharing minutes in the third group with William Lagesson, who did not play in the NHL last season.
Then, with about 10 minutes left in the second half, the Leafs lost Timothy Liljegren to an upper-body injury, and that plan backfired.

 

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