The Toronto Maple Leafs Have Demoted Their Captain Moments Before Game

Published February 21, 2024 at 9:51 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs are gearing up for a shot at their fifth consecutive win tonight, but they'll have to do it without Morgan Rielly, who is serving the last game of his suspension for a rough cross-check on Ottawa Senators' Ridly Greig earlier this month.

This evening, they're set to take on the Arizona Coyotes in the intimate setting of the 4,800-seat Mullett Arena, aiming to deepen the Coyotes' recent struggles. The game is also a special one for Auston Matthews and Matthew Knies, both Arizona natives, making it something of a homecoming.

A notable shake-up in the Leafs' lineup caught the attention of fans: Captain John Tavares has been moved to the third line, where he'll be flanked by Bobby McMann and Nick Robertson. Taking Tavares' spot on the second line is Max Domi, who will play between William Nylander and Tyler Bertuzzi.

David Alter provided tonight's anticipated lineup, which includes:

Matthew Knies-Auston Matthews-Mitch Marner
Tyler Bertuzzi-Max Domi-William Nylander
Bobby McMann-John Tavares-Nick Robertson
Pontus Holmberg-David Kampf-Noah Gregor
Ryan Reaves
Defensively, we'll see:

T.J. Brodie-Timothy Liljegren
Simon Benoit-Jake McCabe
Marshall Rifai-Maxime Lajoie

In goal, Ilya Samsonov is expected to start after being the first off the ice in the team's recent practice session.

Despite a slower season for Tavares, tallying 15 goals and 25 assists, he's on track for 61 points if he maintains his pace throughout the season.

The Leafs are facing a Coyotes team that's had their number, winning the last four matchups.

Source: Hockeyfeed
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The Toronto Maple Leafs Have Demoted Their Captain Moments Before Game

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