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The Toronto Maple Leafs are fresh off their 3-0 shutout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers that saw goaltender Jack Campbell become the 6th goaltender in franchise history to record his fourth whitewashing in his first 40 games in the blue and white.
Tonight, they welcome the Calgary Flames to Scotiabank Arena, and it sounds as though they'll be getting a major piece of their roster back. According to head coach Sheldon Keefe, captain John Tavares is likely going to be hitting the ice after having missed the last game while nursing a lower body injury.
“We’ll have (Joey Anderson) take the warm-up as well, but it looks like John will be back in,” Keefe said.
He skated with his normal line mates in William Nylander and Alex Kerfoot during this morning's skate, with all indications being that he'll be back in the lineup.
“Whether he’s thriving and scoring on a high clip like he has right now or whether it wasn’t going in for him this season, defensively he’s been great for us there,” Keefe said of Tavares. “His complete game has been great.”
Meanwhile, Keefe explained his plans for his goaltending rotation, stating that Jack Campbell will be getting the nod in net tonight against the Flames.
"We're going to focus on today," he said. "Jack's going to play today. We have a plan, of course, but we'll wait until we have all the information before we execute that. We're just going to focus on tonight's game."
Meanwhile, don't be surprised to see 2016 draft pick Joseph Woll to get a start between the pipes soon. He's been serving as Campbell's backup since Petr Mrazek went on the shelf with a groin injury.
“I think he’s been great,” Keefe said of Woll.
“He’s a young guy who has put in his time here in the organization … he’s got talent, and the opportunity for him (this past week) has been good for his development as well.”
The Leafs and Flames will begin tonight from Toronto starting at 7:00 PM EST.