Toronto Maple Leafs Player News: All Positions

News: Ozhiganov, as expected, signed a two-year contract with AK Bars Kazan (KHL) on Friday, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Ozhiganov's return to Russia was already in the works, though where the blueliner was going to play was still up in the air. Set to be a restricted free agent this summer, the Maple Leafs will almost certainly extend him a qualifying offer in order to retain his NHL rights. At just 26 years of age, it's certainly not out of the question for Ozhiganov to make his way back to the NHL at some point down the road.
News: Tavares suffered an oblique strain while training for the IIHF World Championship in Slovakia and will be sidelined for approximately four weeks, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Tavares won't be able to suit up for Team Canada at Worlds, but this injury shouldn't have much impact on his offseason program. The 28-year-old pivot just logged his best season as a pro in his first year with the Maple Leafs, setting career highs in goals (47) and points (88) in 82 appearances, and will remain an elite fantasy option in 2019-20.
News: Dermott will undergo shoulder surgery Friday and is expected to be sidelined for a minimum of six months.
Impact: Dermott missed 14 games in March due to a shoulder injury, and he simply wasn't the same player after making his return to the lineup for the end of the regular season and Toronto's first-round matchup with Boston. The hope is that Friday's procedure will permanently correct the issue, but it will cost Dermott the first month of the 2019-20 campaign at a minimum.
News: Tavares suffered an oblique injury during Team Canada's practice Thursday and will return to Toronto for further evaluation by the Maple Leafs medical staff.
Impact: At this point there's no reason to believe Tavares' injury is overly serious, but the Leafs aren't going to risk having him exacerbate the issue by remaining in Slovakia for the IIHF World Championship. Another update on the 28-year-old forward's status should surface in the coming days.
News: Tavares suffered an upper-body injury during Team Canada's practice Thursday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Impact: The severity of Tavares' injury has yet to be revealed, but it's safe to assume he won't be available for Friday's matchup with Finland at a minimum. More information regarding the star pivot's condition should surface in the coming days.
News: Kivihalme signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Maple Leafs on Tuesday.
Impact: Kivihalme spent last season with Karpat of the Finnish SM-liiga, notching nine goals and 30 points while posting a plus-26 rating in 60 games. The 23-year-old American should get an opportunity to compete for a spot on Toronto's Opening Night roster in training camp, but he'll almost certainly spend the entirety of the 2019-20 campaign in the minors.
News: Mikheyev agreed to terms on a one-year, entry-level contract with Toronto on Monday.
Impact: Fantasy owners may be able to get their first look at Mikheyev during the 2019 IIHF World Championship, as the winger was named to the initial Team Russia squad for the tournament. Last season, the 24-year-old racked up 23 goals and 22 helpers in 62 games with Avangard Omsk (KHL). Mikheyev should get a chance to secure a spot on the 23-man roster during training camp, but could also spend some time in the minors adjusting to the North American style of play.
News: Scott has been named 2018-19 WHL Goaltender of the Year.
Impact: It was a well-deserved honor for Toronto's 2017 fourth-round selection. Scott's eight shutouts led all WHL goaltenders and he finished second in the league in wins (38), GAA (1.83) and save percentage (.932). The 20-year-old signed an entry-level contract with Toronto in December and will turn pro this coming fall.
News: Matthew had surgery to remove hardware from a previous surgery, but shouldn't see any impact on his offseason program.
Impact: This probably explains why Matthews won't be traveling to Slovakia for the 2019 IIHF World Championship. There is no reason to think this will hamper the world-class center's ability to challenge his career-high 73 points he put up this year in 2019-20.
News: Matthews will not join Team USA for the 2019 IIHF World Championship, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Matthews put together a solid playoff campaign with five goals and one assist in seven games, but it wasn't enough to propel the Leafs past the Bruins. Although a shoulder injury limited the world-class center to just 68 games, he still managed to set career highs in assists (36), points (73) and power-play goals (12). Barring another injury, the California native should be a near lock for the 70-point mark next season and could push for 80-plus.
News: Korshkov inked a two-year, entry-level contract with Toronto on Wednesday.
Impact: Korshkov will link up with AHL Toronto on an amatuer tryout agreement for the remainder of the Calder Cup Playoffs. The youngster notched five points in 19 games with KHL Lokomotiv this year before adding a trio of helpers in nine postseason contests. The winger figures to start the 2019-20 campaign in the minors, but could earn the occasional call-up through the season.
News: Hutchinson was reassigned to AHL Toronto on Friday.
Impact: With the Maple Leafs' season coming to a close, Hutchinson no longer needs to provide them with depth in the crease and instead will likely be the top goalie for the Marlies in their respective postseason run. The Ontario native registered a 16-8-5 record over 31 appearances in the minors while posting a 2.85 GAA and .909 save percentage.
News: Ozhiganov is expected to return to the KHL for the 2019-20 season, Scott Wheeler of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Ozhiganov was a regular in the Maple Leafs lineup for most of the 2018-19 campaign, notching seven points in 53 appearances, but he clearly fell out of favor with coach Mike Babcock towards the end of the season -- sitting as a healthy scratch for 12 of the final 19 contests, including all seven playoff games against the Bruins. The 26-year-old blueliner only signed a one-year deal with the Leafs, so he'll be free to return to Russia as soon as he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.
News: Moore was reassigned to AHL Toronto on Friday.
Impact: Moore will be able to join the Marlies, who just swept the Americans in the first round of their postseason run. The California native recorded 39 points (23 goals, 16 assists) over 46 games in the minors this season and should help bolster the Marlies' offense.
News: Kadri regrets the Game 2 cross-check on Boston's Jake DeBrusk that landed him a suspension for the remainder of the first round, reports TSN.ca.
Impact: "Of course I regret it," Kadri said Thursday at the locker clean out. "It's not my intent to hurt people. Sometimes I think with my heart and not with my head. That can't happen again." His general manager Kyle Dubas told media at the earlier year-end availability that "[Kadri] likes to defend his teammates and he plays hard, but we need him to be available." More interesting is the fact that Kadri was not allowed on the road trips for Games 5 and 7, which likely means his coach saw him as a distraction he just didn't want near the team. Kadri's future with the Leafs will be a discussion all the way to training camp if he's not traded before then.
News: Marner's contract extension is the Leafs' "priority one" going forward, says Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas.
Impact: In the Leafs' season-ending news conference, Dubas was honest and took responsibility for the team's ouster in the postseason. He also acknowledged that he waited too long to start contract negotiations with free agents last year. He won't make that mistake again. Marner is a leader on and off the ice, and has shown he is a star in three short years in the NHL. Dubas wants him signed before July 1, thus eliminating any offer sheets for the restricted free agent. Marner has made no secret that he wants to play in Toronto, so this will get done. It just comes down to the almighty dollar.
News: Hyman is scheduled to undergo surgery Monday to repair a torn ACL that he sustained in the opening playoff series against the Bruins. The Maple Leafs are expecting him to be out at least six months.
Impact: Assuming the timetable sticks, Hyman will likely miss all of training camp, and it'll be a close call in terms of his readiness for Opening Night. The top-six winger played in all seven games of the conference quarterfinals, adding an even-strength goal, four blocked shots and 24 hits.
News: Rosen was reassigned to AHL Toronto on Wednesday.
Impact: While the Maple Leafs' season may be over, Rosen will continue playing as he links up with the Marlies for Game 3 of the Calder Cup Playoffs first round. The blueliner saw action in just four NHL games this season, but should get an opportunity to earn a spot on the 23-man roster during training camp.
News: Kadri (suspension) saw his team drop Game 7 on Tuesday, which means his season ends with the center watching from the press box.
Impact: The silver lining for Kadri, if you want to see it, is that the league didn't suspend him a set number of games, which means his ban won't linger into 2019-20. In 73 regular-season contests, the Ontario native notched 16 goals and 28 assists for his fourth straight 40-plus point campaign and should be capable of doing so again next year.
News: Andersen stopped 27 of 30 shots during Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Bruins in Game 7.
Impact: Boston's final two goals were scored into an empty net. The Danish netminder made some big saves to keep the Leafs in this one through two periods, but Tuukka Rask made a few more, and the Bruins finally pulled away in the third. Andersen has put together three strong regular seasons since coming to Toronto, winning at least 33 games in each, but until the Leafs make a splash in the playoffs, his tenure as the team's No. 1 goalie will seem disappointing.
News: Andersen will tend the twine on the road for Tuesday's Game 7 tilt versus Boston, Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com reports.
Impact: During the regular season, Andersen was a road warrior, as he went 18-6-6 with a 2.73 GAA and .919 save percentage. The netminder has continued that trend in the playoffs where he is sporting a .944 save percentage as the visitor compared to .906 within the confines of Scotiabank Arena.
News: Marleau dished out an even-strength assist while averaging 17:06 of ice time in Sunday's 4-2 loss to Boston.
Impact: After going pointless in the last four games, Marleau got back in the point column with an assist on Morgan Rielly's first-period goal. Although the 39-year-old has just two points in the series, he saw 3:07 of power-play time in the game, which will only add to his fantasy value if that sticks. Ahead of Tuesday's Game 7, the veteran has been solid in the win-or-go-home scenario, racking up five points in seven career appearances.
News: Gardiner dished out an even-strength assist and had three hits and four blocks in Sunday's 4-2 loss to Boston.
Impact: Gardiner was able to collect his second point of the series, and saw 15:47 of ice time in the game. The fact that the Minnesota native saw 1:13 of power-play ice time in the game would likely add to his fantasy value going forward. With Game 7 approaching Tuesday, the team will need Gardiner to keep up with his 10-hit, nine-block shot series performance thus far.
News: Andersen stopped 37 of 40 shots in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 6 of their first-round series.
Impact: Boston's final goal was scored into an empty net. Toronto grabbed an early 1-0 lead, but after Andersen let in a relative softie off a power-play faceoff less than 90 seconds, later the game was dominated by the Bruins, and only a couple of spectacular glove saves by the Danish netminder kept the score as close as it was. Andersen will take a 2.70 GAA and .925 save percentage to Boston on Tuesday for the deciding Game 7.
News: Andersen will guard the net in Sunday's Game 6 matchup with the visiting Bruins.
Impact: Andersen has been solid overall in this first-round series, allowing 13 goals through the first five games while posting a 2.62 GAA and .925 save percentage. The 29-year-old and the Maple Leafs will go for the kill Sunday, as a win would advance Toronto to the second round.
News: Kapanen scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 2-1 win over the Bruins in Game 5 of their first-round series.
Impact: The two teams fired blanks for two periods, but Kapanen helped Auston Matthews open the scoring midway through the third before popping what proved to be the game-winner a little over two minutes later. The points were Kapanen's first of the postseason, but he'll look to carry that momentum forward into what could prove to be a deciding Game 6 back in Toronto on Sunday.
News: Andersen turned aside 28 of 29 shots in Friday's 2-1 win over the Bruins in Game 5 of their first-round series.
Impact: He very nearly posted a shutout, but Boston was able to get a puck by the 29-year-old inside the final minute of the game with its own goalie pulled. Andersen has been alternating strong performances with shaky ones in the series, adding up to a 2.62 GAA and .925 save percentage, but that's been good enough to stake the Leafs to a 3-2 lead. He'll look to finish off the Bruins on home ice Sunday.
News: Muzzin made it to Boston for morning skate Friday morning following the birth of his baby girl Thursday in Toronto, reports TSN.ca.
Impact: Admittedly, Muzzin acknowledged the whirlwind of Wednesday's game in Toronto, the scheduled birth of his daughter Thursday, and Friday's game in Boston has made him a "little tired." But that was said with a smile. Muzzin has been a force on the ice with his big hits, but his ill-timed pinch Wednesday led to David Pastrnak's goal. He knows he can do better and is prepared to lead the Leafs' defense corps in Game 5.
News: Andersen will patrol the crease in Friday's Game 5 against the Bruins in Boston, NHL.com's Amalie Benjamin reports.
Impact: Andersen struggled a bit during Wednesday's Game 4, surrendering five goals on 30 shots en route to a 6-4 loss. The Danish netminder will look to shake off that uncharacteristically poor performance and help his team return to Toronto for Sunday's Game 6 with a chance to advance by picking up his second road win of this postseason Friday.
News: Matthews scored two goals, one on the power play, during Wednesday's 6-4 loss to the Bruins in Game 4.
Impact: He fired a game-high seven shots on net in this one, giving the 21-year-old three goals on 19 shots, plus an assist, through four contests. Matthews is catching fire at the right time, but he'll need to stay hot Friday for Game 5 if the Leafs are going to steal another win in Boston.
News: Andersen stopped 25 of 30 shots in Wednesday's 6-4 loss to the Bruins in Game 4.
Impact: The Bruins' final goal was scored into an empty net. Andersen's been wobbly so far this series, giving up nine goals in two losses and only three goals in two wins, and while his overall numbers aren't completely terrible -- a 3.02 GAA and .917 save percentage -- Toronto will need more consistency from its No. 1 goalie if the team's going to advance. Andersen will look to get back on track Friday in Boston for Game 5.
News: Hyman (undisclosed) retook the ice late in Game 4, Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Fortunately, it appears Hyman has avoided a major issue and should be available to play in Game 5 on Friday. He should continue in his duties on the top line flanking John Tavares and Mitch Marner.
News: Hyman departed Wednesday's game with an injury, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: No update was offered on Hyman after the contest, so his availability for Friday's Game 5 versus the Bruins remains unclear. If he can't play, Nicolas Petan is the other forward currently on the roster who could draw in.
News: Andersen will start between the pipes in Wednesday's Game 4 against the Bruins in Toronto, Jack Edwards of NESN reports.
Impact: Andersen was fantastic in Monday's Game 3, turning aside 34 of 36 shots en route to a 3-2 win. The Danish backstop will look to stay sharp and help his team head back to Boston for Game 5 with a commanding 3-1 series lead by picking up his 18th career playoff victory on home ice Wednesday.
News: Muzzin's wife is scheduled to deliver the couple's first child Thursday between Games 4 and 5, reports the Toronto Star.
Impact: Hopefully the schedule sticks -- babies often have minds of their own. Muzzin, who has been a difference maker against the Bruins, plans on playing Wednesday night, witness the birth Thursday in Toronto and fly to Boston for Friday's game. "Everything's scheduled. I won't miss any time," Muzzin said. "It's rough timing. But it is what it is." Hopefully the baby sticks to the schedule. Muzzin will be pretty tired come Friday and that could affect his play. Congratulations to the Muzzins.
News: Andersen finished with 34 saves Monday, allowing two goals in a 3-2 win over Boston in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series.
Impact: Andersen authored perfect first and third periods (as did Tuukka Rask), with all five goals coming in what was a wild second period. The 29-year-old Dane has limited Boston to two goals or fewer in two of three games this series and holds a 2-1 record in the postseason to go along with a 2.34 GAA and a .939 save percentage. Barring unforeseen circumstances, Andersen will be in goal Wednesday for Game 4.
News: Rielly drew an assist on the game's opening goal, as Toronto beat Boston 3-2 in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series.
Impact: Rielly was able to record his first point of the playoffs but is still in search of his first goal since March 16, having gone over a month without lighting the lamp. Still, an assist is as valuable and could get Rielly going ahead of a critical Game 4 where another win would give Toronto a commanding 3-1 series lead.
News: Tavares won 63 percent of his faceoffs Monday and had a power-play assist in a 3-2 win over Boston.
Impact: Tavares was matched up against Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron most of the night and did an excellent job negating the Bruins center in the faceoff circle, a discipline Bergeron typically dominates. No 91's assist came on Andreas Johnsson's goal, with Tavares able to find Johnsson with a slick, between-the-legs pass from behind the net before the 24-year-old beat Tuukka Rask with a well-placed backhand shot. The helper gives Tavares three points through three postseason games.
News: Marner posted an assist in Monday's 3-2 win over Boston in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series.
Impact: The slick forward was credited with the secondary assist on Auston Matthews' power-play marker, part of a five-goal second period. In addition to the assist, Marner had a huge block at the end of regulation, preventing a hard shot off the stick of David Pastrnak from getting to the net as time expired. Marner now has three points this postseason, in as many games.
News: Johnsson had a goal and an assist Monday in a 3-2 win over Boston in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series.
Impact: Through two games, Johnsson had been held off the scoresheet, but that would change Monday. After assisting on Auston Matthews' first goal of the postseason, Johnsson scored a power-play goal of his own, finishing with a pair of power-play points in what was a pivotal win for the Buds. Perhaps the most encouraging takeaway from Monday's win was Johnsson's TOI, as the 24-year-old finished with a season-high 18:30 of ice time.
News: Matthews found the scoresheet twice Monday, scoring a goal and tallying an assist in a 3-2 win over Boston in Game 3. Toronto now leads the series 2-1.
Impact: After being held off the scoresheet in the first two games, Matthews broke out in a big way, recording a pair of points on the power play Monday night. All game, the Bruins struggled to contain No. 34 at even strength, and the visitors had even more trouble accounting for Matthews on the penalty kill. Heading into Game 4, the Bruins will need to do a better job slowing the 21-year-old down, but we're sure Matthews has other ideas.
News: Kadri has been suspended for the remainder of the first round for his cross-check to the head of Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk in Game 2.
Impact: Kadri is no stranger to "crossing the line", having been suspended four times before this most recent incident. The decision from the league means he'll sit for a maximum of five games, which is undeniably a big blow to Toronto's forward group. Needing to fill the void left by Kadri's absence, Mike Babcock figures to deploy either William Nylander or Patrick Marleau at center for the rest of the first round.
News: Rielly has six shots but no points in two games against the Bruins this postseason.
Impact: He had a Norris-caliber season with 72 points in 82 games, but Rielly is working to contain the top Bruins' scorers. He'll get his chances on the power play, but Leafs fans should be happy Rielly is focused on keeping pucks out.
News: Ennis will likely draw into the Maple Leafs' lineup Monday for Game 3 with Nazem Kadri facing suspension, reports TSN.ca.
Impact: William Nylander is set to center the third line in Kadri's absence, so one of the Black Aces needs to step in. That's Ennis, at least for this game. He has eight points (three goals, five assists) in 14 career postseason contests. His ice time will be limited on the fourth line. And against the aggressive Bruins, Ennis will need to prove he can overcome his slight frame and disdain for physical play.
News: Nylander will center the third line for Game 3 with Nazem Kadri out, reports TSN.ca.
Impact: Nylander will skate between Patrick Marleau and Connor Brown with Kadri in limbo. He'll need to step up after a lackluster performance in Game 2 where a lazy turnover behind the Leafs' goal resulted in an easy goal by Boston's Danton Heinen. "[Nylander's] got to play hard. It's real simple," said coach Mike Babcock on Monday. "He just has to compete at a high level with and without the puck."
News: Bracco (79 points in 75 games) finished the season second in AHL scoring.
Impact: Only Syracuse's Carter Verhaeghe (82 points) was better. Bracco finished the season with 22 goals, and his 57 assists were also the second-highest total in the league. Bracco is severely undersized (5-foot-11, 170 pounds), but he is a shifty skater and a world-class passer. Toronto is going to have to make room on the right side for the 22-year-old at some point during the 2019-20 season.
News: Hutchinson (personal) participated in Monday's morning skate, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Hutchinson missed Game 2 following the birth of his child. The fact that he's back with the team suggests he'll back up Frederik Andersen for Monday's Game 3 against the Bruins.
News: Andersen is slated to be between the pipes for Monday's Game 3 home clash with the Bruins, Jonas Siegel of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Despite Andersen giving up four goals in Game 2 on Saturday, he was always going to get the starting nod Monday. The Leafs will welcome Michael Hutchinson back into the lineup to serve as the No. 2, but there was no chance he was going to defend the cage. The veteran Andersen has faced a barrage of rubber in his last three games, stopping 118 of 128 shots, and will no doubt be hoping to see his blue line start limiting opportunities.
News: Kadri was offered an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety in response to his actions during Saturday's loss to the Bruins.
Impact: In a game that featured plenty of questionable hits, Kadri's egregious cross-check to Jake DeBrusk's head had a clear intent to injure. Kadri is a repeat offender and was suspended three games during last year's playoffs for boarding Boston's Tommy Wingels. An in-person hearing gives the NHL DOPS an opportunity to suspend Kadri six or more games, so it seems likely he'll be done for the rest of this series.
News: Matthews fired five shots but was held off the scoresheet Saturday in Toronto's 4-1 loss to Boston in Game 2.
Impact: Matthews hasn't been a factor so far this series. He has eight shots but no points in two games. And he has just one assist in his last six games overall. Matthews can be a beast, but he hasn't been able to assert himself against the abrasive Bruins. There's still time, though.
News: Andersen made 37 saves Saturday in a 4-1 loss to the Bruins in Game 2.
Impact: Andersen stood on his head all night long -- this loss wasn't on him. The Bruins were a stronger team overall. The series is now tied 1-1 heading back to Toronto; it's an ideal scenario for any road team to have stolen home ice advantage.
News: Kadri (knee) was ejected in the third period Saturday for a crosscheck to the head of a Bruins player.
Impact: He had been injured late in the second, but returned to notch a goal. Then, Kadri pulled his Sideshow Bob routine and decided to avenge a Jake DeBrusk hit on Patrick Marleau. He received a match penalty and could face supplemental discipline. After all, Kadri has a reputation for these antics -- he was suspended for three games last postseason for an ugly boarding incident. He's a good player if he can stay on the right side of the edge. But Kadri struggles with that.
News: Kadri (knee) returned in the third period of Saturday's game versus the Bruins, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kadri left in the second period after a knee-on-knee collision with Jake DeBrusk, but the intermission gave him enough time to shake off the pain. He'll return to his role as third-line center.
News: Kadri left Saturday's game against Boston late in the second period with a possible left knee injury.
Impact: There was no penalty called, but there was definite knee-on-knee contact from Jake DeBrusk. Kadri was able to skate off the ice, but had been clutching his leg.
News: Andersen will guard the goal Saturday for Game 2 in Boston, Mike Zeisbergerof NHL.com reports.
Impact: Andersen shut down the Bruins in Game 1 of the series, setting aside 37 of 38 shots to take the home-ice advantage away from Boston. Another victory Saturday would put the Maple Leafs in the driver's seat to win the series as they head back to Toronto for Games 3 and 4. It certainly figures to be far from a cakewalk versus a Bruins squad that averaged 3.41 goals per game and posted a plus-40 goal differential at home during the regular season.
News: Hutchinson (personal) wasn't present at Saturday's morning skate, which suggests he won't be in the lineup for Saturday's Game 2, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Hutchinson is still away from the team following the birth of his child, so Garret Sparks will once again back up Frederik Andersen against the Bruins on Saturday.
News: Moore skated just 6:24 in Game 1's 4-1 win over the Bruins on Thursday.
Impact: Moore made the most of the ice time -- he laid four hits and played gritty hockey along the wall. He's an energy guy, not a fantasy factor.
News: Petan sat out Game 1 against Boston on Thursday night.
Impact: It's not really a surprise. Frederick Gauthier is a coach Babcock favorite and Ennis isn't. It is unlikely Ennis will slot into the lineup unless there is an injury or reason to shake up the fourth line.
News: Kadri picked up an assist in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Bruins for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
Impact: It was a beautiful pass from deep in the Leafs' zone that sprung William Nylander on a breakaway. Kadri feathered it past at least three Bruins and Willie found twine. Last postseason, Kadri was forced to play higher in the lineup and was at times overwhelmed by the responsibility. Now, he's the third-line pivot and wins the talent war against his matchup everytime. Kadri could be a source of steady fantasy production as the Buds attempt to march toward Lord Stanley.
News: Marleau earned an assist Thursday in Toronto's 4-1 win over the Bruins in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.
Impact: The veteran provided the secondary assist on William Nylander's first goal of the postseason, a goal that gave the visitors a two-goal lead heading into the final 20 minutes. John Tavares would add an empty-netter in the late stages to make it a 4-1 final. Thursday's helper gives Marleau -- at 39 years of age -- 126 points in 185 career playoff games.
News: Andersen was spectacular Thursday, stopping 37 of 38 shots in a 4-1 win over the Bruins.
Impact: There was cause for concern after Andersen's subpar conclusion to the regular season, but the Dane was solid versus Boston and benefited from his team's sound defensive play from start to finish. Toronto will now look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead Saturday.
News: Tavares drew an assist and also scored an empty-net goal in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Bruins in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.
Impact: Tavares' assist came on Mitch Marner's first-period goal, which served as the equalizer to Patrice Bergeron's opening marker. Then, the former Islander would cap off Toronto's Game 1 victory with an empty-net goal late in the third, finishing Thursday's win with a team-high six shots on goal as well.
News: Marner scored a pair of goals -- one coming on a penalty shot -- in Thursday's 4-1 Game 1 victory over Boston.
Impact: Marner drew the game's only penalty shot with Toronto down a man, and the Maple Leafs forward didn't let it go to waste, undressing Tuukka Rask with a deke before depositing the puck in an open net to give the visitors a 2-1 lead. Toronto would add two more goals and take Game 1 in convincing fashion. Considering Marner averaged more than a point a game against Boston during the regular season, putting up five points in four games, the shifty forward is likely to find the scoresheet often in this series. Game 2 comes Saturday.
News: Hutchinson (personal) is not expected to be available for Game 1 versus host Boston on Thursday, Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Hutchinson's wife is expected to give birth soon, so the Maple Leafs called up Garret Sparks from AHL Toronto ahead of the playoff opener. At least we now know the pecking order among Toronto goalies behind No. 1 Frederik Andersen as the Buds get set to take on a team that knocked them out of the playoffs in this same round last year.
News: Andersen will guard the cage versus the Bruins for Thursday's Game 1 clash on the road, Kevin Woodley of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Andersen has been struggling of late, as he is 2-1-2 in his last five outings along with a 3.31 GAA and .909 save percentage. The fact that the veteran netminder allowed four or more goals in three of those five contests should be a concern for fans and fantasy owners alike. Still, the Dane reached the 30-win mark for the third consecutive season and should be in contention for a Vezina Trophy nomination.
News: Sparks -- on hand with Michael Hutchinson away for personal reasons -- will accompany the team in traveling to Boston ahead of Game 1 against the Bruins on Thursday, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Sparks practiced Wednesday and is shaping up to be the primary backup behind Frederik Andersen for the playoff opener. Of course, insurance netminders don't hold much weight in fantasy playoff formats, so we'd only consider using a spot on Sparks if he ends up sustaining an injury or encounters a related issue.
News: Sparks, who had been away from the team in order to work with goalie coaches, joined the Maple Leafs for practice Wednesday on the eve of Game 1 against the Bruins, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Barring an injury, we don't expect the Maple Leafs to turn to any goalie other than Frederik Andersen in the postseason, but every team needs insurance in net, and Michael Hutchinson is currently away from the team due to personal reasons. Sparks has struggled mightily this calendar year, with the American backstop posting a 2-7-0 record 3.30 GAA and .899 save percentage over 10 games. He's been working extensively with the goalie coaches to refine his game, and a few dominos need to fall in order for him be a fantasy option for the postseason.
News: Hutchinson is away from the team due to personal reasons, and it has yet to be determined whether he'll travel to Boston for Game 1 of the conference quarterfinals Thursday, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: The Maple Leafs have four players on the active roster ahead of the playoff opener -- including Garret Sparks, who has been working extensively with the goalie coaches to try to invigorate his game -- so it'll be interesting to see who will be the primary insurance option for Frederik Andersen in the playoffs. With service time between the Panthers and Leafs, Hutchinson posted a 3-4-2 record, 3.27 GAA and .887 save percentage through nine games in the regular season.
News: Nylander scored a goal in the last game of the season Saturday in Montreal. He finished the season with seven goals and 27 points in 54 games.
Impact: Nylander never got on track after holding out for a significant chunk of the season in a contract impasse. So it's hard to believe he'll find his mojo in the playoffs. There are stronger fantasy options if your hopes are pinned on the Leafs.
News: Zaitsev (rest) was back at practice Monday preparing for Game 1 versus Boston on Thursday, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Impact: Zaitsev was given the night off for the regular-season finale versus Montreal on Saturday, but appears to be back and ready to go for the playoffs. The defenseman should continue to log right around his 20:28 season average for ice time during the opening-round matchup with the Bruins. The Russian's lack of consistent offensive contributions, combined with his absence from the power play, limits his fantasy viability.
News: Hainsey was back at Monday's practice after he was held out of Saturday's game against the Canadiens due to rest, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Impact: Hainsey -- who was held out of the regular-season finale -- was back at it Monday alongside Morgan Rielly on the Leafs' first pairing. The 38-year-old was able to produce 23 points in 81 games this campaign. He was also a force on the defensive side, racking up 91 hits and 144 blocks.
News: Dermott (rest) was back at practice Monday ahead of Thursday's Game 1 clash with Boston, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Impact: Dermott -- who was held out of the regular-season finale -- was back at it Monday alongside Jake Gardiner (rest) on the Leafs' third pairing. The 21-year-old set career highs in goals (four), assists (13) and shots (98) this season, despite averaging just 17:18 of ice time. The Ontario native should provide solid mid-range fantasy value in the postseason as a depth blue-line scoring option.
News: Muzzin made his return to practice Monday after he was absent from the team due to an illness, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Muzzin hasn't seen the ice since April 1 and finally made his return for Toronto's practice Monday. Head coach Mike Babcock proclaimed Saturday that Muzzin will be available for Game 1 against Boston on Thursday, and this news confirms that notion. The 30-year-old had 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 30 games for Toronto after being acquired from the Kings on Jan. 28.
News: Kapanen scored a goal in Saturday's 6-5 shootout loss to Montreal.
Impact: The goal snapped a 15-game drought. Kapanen finished his first full NHL season with 20 goals and 44 points in 78 games. He'll get a chance to build on his playoff resume in what he and the Leafs hope is a much longer run this year.
News: Head coach Mike Babcock said that Muzzin (undisclosed) will be available for Game 1 of Toronto's series against Boston, Scott Wheeler of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Muzzin missed the last three games of the regular season with an undisclosed issue -- it's likely that the Leafs just wanted to keep the Ontario native ready for their postseason run. He had 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 30 games for Toronto after being traded from the Kings on Jan. 28.
News: Andersen made 44 saves in a 6-5 shootout loss to Montreal on Saturday night.
Impact: The game involved no defense whatsoever and both Andersen and Charlie Lindgren played acrobatic hockey. The Leafs got a scare in the third period when Andrew Shaw rammed him, hitting Andersen's head. But the twinetender popped up, shook off the hit and kept going. Andersen's game seems to be settled heading into the playoffs. It will need to be or the Leafs have no hope, regardless of how many points they earned this season.
News: Hyman scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 6-5 shootout loss to the Canadiens.
Impact: Hyman also took a puck to the head that had him down on the ice for a short while. Thankfully, he didn't miss any ice time. It would have been a huge loss for the Leafs if he wasn't ready for the start of the playoffs. Hyman finished the season with a career-best 41 points (21 goals, 20 assists).
News: Kadri (undisclosed) will play in Saturday's game versus the Canadiens, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Kadri sat out last game due to an undisclosed condition, but he's back in the lineup for the season finale. He's had a difficult season, as his 16 goals represent a major regression from the 32 tallies he put up in each of the previous two seasons. Expect him to center the third line as usual along with power-play duties.
News: Hainsey won't take part in Saturday's regular-season finale against the Canadiens for rest purposes, Scott Wheeler of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Don't worry, Hainsey can still claim a clean bill of health for the entire 2018-19 season, as Saturday will mark his first game missed and it comes in the form of a rest day with the playoffs around the corner. He will finish off the regular season with 23 points -- five goals and 18 assists -- through 81 games and should be back in the lineup for the first game of the playoffs.
News: Zaitsev will not play in Saturday's regular-season finale against the Canadiens, Scott Wheeler of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Zaitsev hasn't missed a game all season, but he will fall one short of a complete season as he rests up for the Leafs' upcoming playoff run. Although he's reached nowhere near the 36 points he tallied as a rookie in 2016-17, that's in part due to his absence from the power play. Zaitsev should be good to go when the playoffs begin next week.
News: Dermott will be a healthy scratch Saturday against the Canadiens, according to Scott Wheeler of The Athletic.
Impact: Dermott is simply being rested for the playoffs, but the decision to sit him was probably made easier by the fact that he recently overcame a shoulder injury. The second-year defenseman finishes with four goals and 13 assists over 64 games.
News: Sparks (coach's decision) won't be available and will spend the next 10 days with the goalie coaches, James Mirtle of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Sparks' locker was cleaned out Friday morning in the wake of the Leafs recalling Michael Hutchinson from AHL Toronto, leaving many to speculate about the Leafs' goalie situation. The Illinois native has found himself in a slump to end the regular season -- in his last six appearances, Sparks went 1-4-0, giving up 17 goals while posting a 3.30 GAA and .902 save percentage. In Sparks' absence, Hutchinson will be the backup behind Frederik Andersen.
News: Kadri (undisclosed) hopes to rejoin the lineup for the regular-season finale Saturday against the Canadiens, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: After missing Thursday's game against Tampa Bay, Kadri hopes to get a tune-up game in before the postseason begins next week. He will fall well short of the 61 and 55 points tallied in the past two campaigns, but a pair of points Saturday would give him a respectable 45. At the very least, Kadri's ended the season strong with four points in his last five games and will look to add to that total versus the Canadiens if cleared to play.
News: Hutchinson was recalled by the Maple Leafs on Friday.
Impact: Hutchinson holds a 16-8-5 record through 31 appearances while posting a 2.85 GAA and .909 save percentage in the minors this season. The Ontario native now requires waivers if he were to be sent back to the Marlies. The Leafs likely wanted to bolster some depth of rested goalies with a quick turnaround Saturday.
News: Matthews fired six shots but had three giveaways and a minus-2 rating in a 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday night.
Impact: He's now been held off the scoresheet for three straight games. Matthews is still building on a career year with his 72 points in 66 games, but he missed 15 games this season to go with the 20 he missed the year before. We're not saying Matthews is another Evgeni Malkin, but it is something that fantasy owners need to keep filed in the back of their minds.
News: Gardiner (back) played 16:51 Thursday in a 3-1 loss to the Lightning in his return from injury.
Impact: Gardiner's confidence grew as the game wore on. His timing was a bit off, but thankfully he has another game to settle things before the playoffs begin. Gardiner played 1:32 on the power play and while he didn't pick up a point, he blocked one shot and laid one hit. The Leafs are considerably better with him in the lineup and his absence may have actually increased his offseason free agent value. For now, Gardiner will play Saturday to get his timing better and then work to atone for a bad Game 7 against the Bruins in last year's playoffs.
News: Kadri (undisclosed) will not play in Saturday's matchup with Montreal, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Kadri will have missed Toronto's last two games of the regular season by the time the puck drops Saturday. With the third seed all locked up, the team likely just wants to keep the forward ready for Game 1 against Boston. In Kadri's absence, Trevor Moore and Frederik Gauthier would likely see more time.
News: Muzzin (undisclosed) will not play in Saturday's matchup with Montreal, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: After missing Saturday's clash, Muzzin will have missed three consecutive games. With the third seed in the Atlantic Division wrapped up, the team likely just wants to keep the Ontario native fresh and ready for Game 1 against Boston. Martin Marincin will likely see more work on the blue line in Muzzin's absence.
News: Andersen made 26 saves in a 3-1 loss to the Lightning on Thursday night.
Impact: The game was tied until three-quarters of the way through the third, but the Bolts cemented the win with under a minute to go. While Andersen may only have four wins in his last 11 games, he made some big saves and looks to have settled his game heading into the postseason. He will also be in net for Saturday's regular-season finale, per Mark Masters of TSN.ca, looking to pull within one win of his career-best 38 from a season ago.
News: Marner scored his 26th goal of the season in Thursday's 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
Impact: It's just his second goal in his last 15 games, but his eighth point in his last eight games. Marner sits with 92 points in 81 games to lead the Leafs in scoring.
News: Head coach Mike Babcock said Thursday that Kadri (undisclosed) won't be available for Thursday's tilt against Tampa Bay, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: This news comes as a surprise due to the fact that Kadri hasn't missed any games recently. With the third seed in the Atlantic Division locked up, however, rest could be the ultimate factor for sitting Kadri. In his stead, Trevor Moore and Frederik Gauthier should draw into the lineup.
News: Head coach Mike Babcock proclaimed that Muzzin (undisclosed) is unavailable for Thursday's home clash against the Lightning, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Muzzin was a late scratch for Tuesday's game against Carolina, and will be held out another game. With the third seed in the Atlantic Division wrapped up, rest could be the underlying reason for his absence. Muzzin has 37 points in 80 games this campaign, but Martin Marincin should likely continue fill in for him on the blue line.
News: Gardiner (back) will return to action Thursday against the Lightning, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Impact: After missing the last 18 games, Gardiner reportedly will accompany Nikita Zaitsev to form the second defensive pair. Gardiner has benefited greatly from the team's strong two-way play overall -- as evidenced by his plus-17 rating -- though he's 23 points short of his 2017-18 output since injuries have limited him to 60 games with just two more to play in the regular season.
News: Johnsson (illness) will rejoin the lineup versus Tampa Bay on Thursday, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Impact: Johnsson missed the last two games due to illness, but appears to be healthy and ready to go. The winger is expected to slot into a bottom-six role, but could also get a look on the second power-play unit. It's been a breakout campaign for the rookie, as he's notched 20 goals, 22 helpers and 126 shots, and will look to carry his strong season into the playoffs.
News: Sparks stopped 33 of 36 shots in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes.
Impact: The Buds' playoff fate is now sealed -- they'll head to Boston to open the first round of the playoffs. With nothing left to play for in the standings, and Frederik Andersen having carried a heavy workload this season, expect Sparks to get the nod in one of Toronto's remaining two games.
News: Johnsson (illness) won't play in Tuesday's game versus the Sabres, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Johnsson will sit out his second straight game with this illness. The 24-year-old has had a breakout season with 20 goals and 42 points through 71 games, so the Leafs will need him to be healthy when the playoffs roll around. His next chance to crack the lineup is Thursday versus the Lightning.
News: Muzzin (undisclosed) was absent from warmups and won't play in Tuesday's game versus the Hurricanes, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: It's unclear if Muzzin's injury is serious, but the Maple Leafs are locked into the No. 3 spot in the Atlantic Division so they don't want to risk anything. Muzzin's next chance to enter the lineup will be Thursday versus the Lightning. Martin Marincin will fill in on defense for the time being.
News: Andersen will tend the twine for Thursday's home tilt against Tampa Bay, Mark Masters of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Andersen figures to also get the nod for the final game of the year on the road versus Montreal on Saturday. If the netminder can secure wins in both contests, he will match his career high for wins (38) set last season, although he's only managed one shutout this year -- his lowest total since his rookie campaign with Anaheim.
News: Sparks will start in goal Tuesday evening versus the visiting Hurricanes, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Toronto's No. 2 netminder will scratch up the blue paint for the 20th time this season, fielding shots from a Carolina club with a tenuous grip on a wild-card spot within the Eastern Conference. Sparks will bring his 8-8-1 record, 3.15 GAA and .901 save percentage into the home clash against the league's most shot-happy team -- albeit one that only ranks 16th in the NHL in road scoring (2.79 GPG).
News: Tavares scored the game-winning goal in Monday's 2-1 victory over the Islanders.
Impact: His 46th goal of the season was an especially sweet one, coming as it did against his former team. Tavares has three more games to get the three points he needs for his first career 90-point campaign.