The pre-season is here! The Toronto Maple Leafs kick it off Saturday with not one. but two games against the Ottawa Senators.
The very large training camp group has been split in two, and each group will play in one game. This is what used to be the time the split-squad games, with some sent to Ottawa to play a game while some would stay in Toronto and play, with both games happening simultaneously. This time the games are both in Toronto and they will be played sequentially. Game #1 is a matinee at 1:00 p.m. ET. and game #2 is an evening game starting at 7:00 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on Sportsnet, but different channels for each. The first game is on SNO, the second on SN1.
UPDATE: The Leafs won both one game!
Leafs Report Cards: Progress Report after first two preseason games against Senators
If you want to know who is playing in which game the details are here:
Our two rosters for tomorrow’s preseason games vs. Ottawa 📄— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) September 23, 2022
We have 5 pairs of tickets up for grabs for the 1pm game! Like & reply for a chance to win👇 pic.twitter.com/Rtyz9EY7j6
As for the goalies:
Keefe says Samsonov and Kallgren will play for 40 minutes in the two games tomorrow. Ferguson and Petruzzelli will back up. Murray set to play on Wednesday.@BodogCA @RinkWideTOR— David Alter (@dalter) September 23, 2022
Meanwhile we still await news on Rasmus Sandin who still does not have a contract to play.
Ya this does look weird to not see him in orange.
First look at some of our newest #Sens #GoSensGo pic.twitter.com/IIJMk2nfIM— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) September 23, 2022
Though perhaps he should be happy he’s out of Philly.
What a John Tortorella camp does to a man pic.twitter.com/HrRNKqmETc— Travis Ballinghoff (@travieballin26) September 22, 2022
The 32 Thoughts team is doing podcast road trips this season, and they had their first edition on Thursday in London and invited some local hockey dads who shared some good stories.
Watch out for the grandmas though.
A 93-year old Slovak fan here in Cedar Park came to meet Marian Studenic today. She told him that he “better play good!” In the gentle scolding way only a grandmother can do. pic.twitter.com/lLA1hSVgqo— Taylor Baird (@taylordbaird) September 23, 2022
Sheldon Keefe: "Jordie Benn and Victor Mete look to be at a higher level than some of the other depth options"
[TRANSCRIPT] After practice on Friday, Sheldon Keefe discussed the roster battles playing out in camp on defense and at forward, some of the unheralded younger prospects (Bobby McMann, Curtis Douglas) pushing for spots, and the new heights Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews might be able to reach in 2022-23.
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