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Ben Hutton debuts as Sheldon Keefe is resting a lot of the Leafs

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This should be an interesting game.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Los Angeles Kings Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images

Hold onto your hats, everyone, it’s time to rest some of the players and cycle in some of the prospects/depth.

David Rittich starts with Michael Hutchinson backing up.

The exact configuration of the defence is a mystery for tonight’s game, but Ben Hutton and Timothy Liljegren have played as a pair in practice, so that might just be your third pair. No pressure, TJ Brodie and Justin Holl.

Chances are Pierre Engvall bumps Alexander Kerfoot up to the top six. If this business keeps up, then Adam Brooks might get to play out the season, something that would be both good for him and fun. Sheldon Keefe earlier said he was planning on playing Rasmus Sandin straight through to the end.

In other news, Riley Nash skated today for the first time, and nothing is impossible with the LTIR situation right now, he might play before the regular season is over.


Bonus content:

Sheldon Keefe is discussing Frederik Andersen.

Jonathan Bernier was once sent to the AHL when he’d been playing very poorly. I think it helped him, and his total and utter domination has set the standard for not believing too hard in AHL goalies, but it was very controversial at the time.

The Marlies sent Ian Scott to ECHL Wichita, but they also now have Veini Vehvilainen on hand as well as some AHL-contracted goalies and Joe Woll.