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Toronto Maple Leafs injury updates: Zaitsev out for game one

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Grab your towels everybody.

Toronto Maple Leafs v New York Rangers

After practice today some news came out about the banged up Maple Leafs who were missing yesterday.

Nikita Zaitsev

Zaitsev is confirmed out with an upper body injury. Its speculated he had his bell rung early in Sundays game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He left early intothe game and our greatest fears have been realized: Nikita Zaitsev will not play in game one of the playoffs.

Martin Marincin will take his place on defense for now. He has not played since the Maple Leafs were routed 7-2 by the Florida Panthers.

Tyler Bozak

Bozak was back on the ice today in practice and will play tomorrow night.

Frederik Andersen

Andersen is the confirmed starter for game one. He missed the final game against Columbus after being pulled by team doctors in Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Reminder: Tom Sestito is garbage.

Roman Polak

Polak is expected to play tomorrow night. He resumed practicing fully with the team today.

Henny has the pairings from practice:

In Marlies news, Brooks Laich is officially done with the Maple Leafs and the Marlies. Todd Crocker says he has returned to California after having elbow surgery. His contract expires on June 30th.

It’s going to be a battle no matter who’s in and who’s out. Mike Babcock spoke with reporters and this to say:

We’ll follow up if any more news about Zaitsev comes out this afternoon.