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The Toronto Maple Leafs are back in action tonight for the first time since it was revealed that goaltender Matt Murray will be absent for the foreseeable future after having suffered an injury in practice last week. He's been placed on LTIR, meaning he'll be out of action for at least the next four weeks.
This means that goaltender Ilya Samsonov, who was also brought aboard alongside Murray by general manager Kyle Dubas as part of the overhaul of Toronto's crease, will be carrying a larger load of the starts in net. Not surprisingly, the Leafs have also brought up Erik Källgren from the American Hockey League affiliate Toronto Marlies.
“We’re going to need him,” head coach Sheldon Keefe said of Källgren. “So we have to get him in and we also have to be mindful of Samsonov’s workload. Today would have been his third game in five nights and he’s going to be busy. So it was combination of Samsonov’s workload needing to be managed and Källgren needing to be in.”
It will be Källgren getting the start tonight at Scotiabank Arena against the lowly Arizona Coyotes, who are beginning their campaign with a six game road swing before returning home to play their first game at their temporary new home of Arizona State University.
The good news for Toronto is that despite having missed practice on Sunday with an illness, forward William Nylander is good to go and will be suiting up. Meanwhile, call-ups Wayne Simmonds, Nick Robertson and Victor Mete will all be healthy scratches.
Tonight's line combinations:
#58 Michael Bunting - #34 Auston Matthews - #16 Mitch Marner
#88 William Nylander - #91 John Tavares - #62 Denis Malgin
#47 Pierre Engvall - #15 Alex Kerfoot - #19 Calle Jarnkrok
#12 Zach Aston-Reese - #16 David Kampf - #96 Nicolas Aube-Kubel
#44 Morgan Rielly - #78 T.J. Brodie
#8 Jake Muzzin - #3 Justin Holl
#55 Mark Giordano - #38 Rasmus Sandin
Tonight's game will air nationally on Sportsnet Ontario, Sportsnet West and SN NOW beginning at 7 p.m. ET.