The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost a key part of their lineup with the Zach Hyman injury. Hyman is expected to miss at least two weeks with a sprained MCL. His absence will surely be felt, but help is on the way. Joining Toronto this week will be the newly acquired Nick Foligno.
Toronto Maple Leafs Lose Zach Hyman
Hyman was injured in Sunday night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks. Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler stuck his leg out and created a knee-on-knee collision with Hyman. Luckily, Hyman only sprained his MCL and did not tear anything. For his part in the dirty hit, Edler was suspended for two games by NHL player safety.
Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe said that Hyman is expected to miss at least two weeks. Now, depending on how well the knee heals, the team could be without their trusty workhorse for longer than the minimum two weeks. The absence of Hyman’s hard work and bulldog style when it comes to puck battles is a huge loss for the Leafs, but some help is on the way.
Nick Foligno Will Join Maple Leafs Lineup…Soon
Foligno’s time in quarantine is almost finished and he will be joining the team very soon. On Monday, Toronto head coach Keefe said that Foligno will join the team in Winnipeg on Wednesday, but his first full day with the team will be on Thursday.
Foligno will be looking to make a good first impression on his new team on Thursday night when the Leafs face off against the Winnipeg Jets. The style of play that Foligno brings to the team’s lineup will hopefully make the loss of Hyman a little less painful.
William Nylander a Healthy Scratch?
During the team’s practice on Monday, William Nylander was wearing a grey jersey. This jersey is usually for taxi squad players and not those in the Maple Leaf’s regular lineup. After practice, head coach Keefe said that Nylander was late for a team meeting and that Nylander might be out of the lineup against the Canucks on Tuesday night as a result.
As for now, the decision to keep Nylander out of the lineup will be a game-time decision for Keefe. Hopefully, Nylander will be in the lineup, but if the coach wants to make a statement to the rest of his players, then it is likely that Nylander will sit this one out.
Ilya Mikheyev Out?
During Monday’s practice, Ilya Mikheyev, who has gotten off to a surprisingly hot start with the team, left the ice early and the reason for doing so is unknown. Maple Leaf’s head coach Keefe said that Mikheyev is questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Canucks, but did not give a reason as to why Mikheyev left practice early.
Let’s hope it’s not serious and that Mikheyev will be in the lineup. If Mikheyev does have to miss the game against the Canucks, then maybe Nylander will end up playing after all.
Nick Robertson Looking to Stay
Nick Robertson has now played in five games for the Maple Leafs this season. So far, he only has one assist to show for his efforts, but he has looked good. He has shown that he has what it takes to be able to play in Toronto’s top six.
For now, he is on the second line with John Tavares and Nylander, but that could change once Foligno is in the lineup. It will all depend on where Keefe wants to play Foligno and that might mean Robertson will have to move down in the lineup. Either way, Robertson is trying to make the coach’s decision to remove him from the lineup a hard decision.
Frederik Andersen Practicing
Injured goaltender Frederik Andersen, who has been replaced by goaltender Jack Campbell, returned to the ice recently and has begun on-ice drills with the Toronto’s goaltending coach Steve Briere. It is a good sign to see him back on the ice, but there is still no sign of when he will return to the team’s lineup.
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