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GDT: Liljegren, Hutton, Engvall, and Hutchinson in as Leafs take it easy against Canucks

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Can the Leafs win without their two best defensemen?

NHL: APR 20 Maple Leafs at Canucks
VANCOUVER, BC - APRIL 20: Toronto Maple Leafs Goalie David Rittich (33) on ice against the Vancouver Canucks during their NHL game at Rogers Arena on April 20, 2021 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Photo by Devin Manky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Game 50: Vancouver Canucks at Toronto Maple Leafs

Time: 4:30 PM PDT
Place: Scotiabank Arena
Channel: TSN4

Here is the preview for tonight:

And the 5pm news that shocked the hockey universe:

Lineup changes for this game:

IN:

  1. Pierre Engvall (C/LW)
  2. Timothy Liljegren (RD)
  3. Ben Hutton (LD)
  4. Michael Hutchinson (G)

OUT:

  1. Nick Foligno (LW)
  2. Morgan Rielly (LD)
  3. Jake Muzzin (LD)
  4. Jack Campbell (G)

David Rittich starts tonight with Hutchinson backing up, Engvall will presumably skate on the third line with Mikheyev and Simmonds, Hutton-Liljegren has been the fourth pair in practice.

This is a SEGABABA, and with an expanded roster it would’ve been silly to not rest players who played the night before. It’s expected all four vets who are out won’t miss any more time.

Katya has a lot more on it in her article linked above (and below!)


Poll

What do you think your takeaway will be from this game?

This poll is closed

  • 38%
    The future of Liljegren
    (110 votes)
  • 36%
    Life after Morgan Rielly
    (104 votes)
  • 10%
    That Ben Hutton isn’t a create-a-player
    (30 votes)
  • 13%
    David Rittich as a backup
    (39 votes)
283 votes total Vote Now