4 days away from kicking off their postseason run, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe did not hesitate when requested who will begin in objective for Recreation 1 in opposition to the Montreal Canandiens.
“Jack Campbell will likely be in for us.”
The goaltender has exceeded the crew’s expectations in his first full (in case you can name it a full) season with the Maple Leafs. Thrust right into a starter’s function after Frederik Andersen was sidelined with a knee damage, Campbell did not give the crew any motive to take him out of the lineup.
“It is his outcomes that he has gotten for us in each wins and saves,” Keefe mentioned. “The boldness he is constructed for himself after which in flip the arrogance our crew has in him he is carried out a terrific job and that is his a part of it.”
The opposite half is Andersen seeking to discover his sport after lacking the final two months with a knee damage. He made his return on Might 12 and appeared rusty. Andersen made 24 saves on 28 pictures in a 4-3 additional time loss to the Ottawa Senators.
“It is a powerful resolution we needed to make with Frederik,” Keefe mentioned. “He is been an enormous a part of our crew and has been the man within the playoffs and the circumstances round him make it a tricky because it pertains to Fred.”
Andersen is an unrestricted free agent on the finish of this season.
Campbell set an NHL report for consecuticvew wins to begin a season with 11. He ultimately completed with a report of 17-3-2 and a .921 save proportion and two shutouts.
Like Andersen, Campbell had his personal battles with damage. A lower-body damage sidelined the goaltender for a month. He made his return from the damage in spectacular vogue with a 30-save shutout efficiency in opposition to the Edmonton Oilers on Feb. 27.
Campbell did not get out of that sport unscathed as he’d miss one other three weeks with the identical ailment. He returned for good on Mar. 20, at some point after Andersen’s final sport for almost two months.
Andersen completed the season with a 13-8-3 report and a career-low .895 save proportion.
The instability in objective prompted the Leafs so as to add to their depth within the place. They acquired goaltender David Rittich from the Calgary Flames in alternate for a third-round NHL Draft choose in 2022. Calgary additionally retained 50 per cent of Rittich’s $2.75 million wage cap hit.
Rittich has a 1-1-1 report in 4 sport with am .888 save proportion with the Leafs.
Toronto’s fourth goaltender, Michael Hutchinson, had a 4-2-1 report this season with a .919 save proportion.
New Look Energy Play
Earlier than follow began in earnest on Sunday, the particular groups went to work with a two distinctive energy play items the crew has not deployed this season.
The primary unit consisted of defenseman Rasmus Sandin with forwards Zach Hyman, Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews and Joe Thornton. The second unit had defenseman Morgan Rielly with forwards John Tavares, William Nylander Jason Spezza and Wayne Simmonds.
“We most likely would have gone to it earlier had Hyman been obtainable to us,” Keefe mentioned. “We simply need to give ourselves elevated choices as we go right into a playoff sequence.”
Toronto had the strongest energy play via the primary couple of months solely to see it wrestle mightily in March, April and Might. They completed the season a good 20 p.c for twentieth within the league.
Hyman set to return, Nash to debut
Zach Hyman will return to the lineup after he suffered an MCL sprain in his knee on Apr. 18. He occupied the first-line left wing spot alongside Matthews and Marner at follow.
Riley Nash, acquired in April in a commerce with the Columbus Blue Jackets, will likely be prepared for Recreation 1. He occupied the third-line middle spot with Ilya Mikheyev and Alex Kerfoot on the wing.
Zach Bogosian took half in his first follow since he suffered a shoulder damage on Apr. 20. He skated in a non-contact jersey however did take some reps on the penalty kill. He is trending towards a return in some unspecified time in the future within the sequence.