Toronto Maple Leafs Player News: Last 7 days, All Positions

News: Johnsson (leg) might be ready to go for Tuesday's matchup with St. Louis, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Johnsson's potential return to the lineup would bolster the Maple Leafs' depth scoring, considering he racked up nine points in his previous six games prior to getting hurt. The winger is having a breakout campaign with 31 points in 51 contests and could challenge for both the 20-goal and 40-point thresholds.
News: Andersen made 27 saves in Saturday's 2-0 loss to Arizona.
Impact: The Leafs failed to capitalize early when the Desert Dawgs seemed asleep. And then they had no answer for the aggressive and relentless speed of the Coyotes, who pressured the Leafs into giveways and errant passes. Andersen did his best, but he got no help at all. He'll put it behind him, just like you should do.
News: Andersen will start in the road net Saturday versus the Coyotes.
Impact: He rides a five-game win streak into this matchup and has an impressive .926 save percentage and 2.58 GAA in that span. The Coyotes rank 28th in the league with 2.60 goals per game and they struggle in their home barn with a 10-14-3 record, giving Andersen a solid opportunity to nab his 28th victory of the campaign.
News: Ennis (ankle) will return to action against the Coyotes on Saturday, Mark Masters of reports.
Impact: Ennis was activated from injured reserve ahead of last Saturday's game against the Canadiens, but the Leafs opted to keep him out for three more games post-activation. Look for the veteran winger to handle bottom-six minutes upon his return.
News: Johnsson (leg) is day-to-day and won't be in the lineup against Arizona on Saturday, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Johnsson was injured after just 5:32 of ice time versus Vegas on Thursday, but still managed to find the back of the net. The winger has been lighting it up of late, as he has tallied nine points in his last six outings, including two power-play points. With Johnsson sidelined, Par Lindholm or Tyler Ennis figures to slot into his spot on the third line with Nazem Kadri and William Nylander.
News: Nylander has a goal and two assists in his last five games.
Impact: The assists came in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Avalanche and a 6-3 victory over the Golden Knights on Thursday. His lengthy contract dispute has made 2018-19 a bit of a lost season, as Nylander has only 12 points in 28 games. Nylander's shooting percentage of 5.7 percent is well below his career mark of 10.5 percent, explaining why he has only three goals after earning back-to-back 20-goal seasons.
News: Muzzin collected a pair of assists in the third period of Thursday's 6-3 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: The second of the apples came shorthanded on a tally from forward Mitch Marner. Muzzin had gone four games without a point entering the contest, but including Thursday, he has racked up 11 hits and seven blocked shots in that span. He has averaged a modest 1:24 in power-play time since being traded from the Kings on Jan. 29, but the fourth-ranked Maple Leafs offense has plenty of points to go around in all situations.
News: Kapanen delivered two assists in 20:25 of ice time during Thursday's 6-3 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: Kapanen also tallied three hits and three shots on goal. The spike in ice time can likely be attributed to forward Andreas Johnsson leaving in the second period with a leg injury. Kapanen is a worthy replacement in Toronto's star-studded top six, with 36 points in 57 games this season.
News: Marner scored a shorthanded goal on four shots and added an assist in Thursday's 6-3 victory over the Golden Knights.
Impact: Marner had the primary assist on defenseman Morgan Rielly's go-ahead goal in the third period before capping the scoring on a shorty with 3:27 left in the contest. He has equaled the career-high 69 points he had last season, and with 25 games to go, Marner has plenty of time to set the bar higher.
News: Marleau netted his 13th goal of the season in a 6-3 win over the Golden Knights on Thursday.
Impact: Marleau had been held without a goal for six straight contests entering the game. He added three shots on goal. Marleau is up to 28 points in 57 games, giving him a chance to reach 40 for the year. The veteran forward has adapted well to his mentor role in Toronto, and he can still chip in offensively alongside his younger teammates.
News: Rielly scored his 15th goal of the year and added an assist in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: Rielly had a rare two-game pointless stretch entering the match, but one of his four shots on goal found twine and counted as the game-winner. He has 57 points in as many games in a breakout year for the 24-year-old defenseman. Rielly's been well worth the roster spot all season.
News: Andersen stopped 30 of 33 shots in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: It wasn't his best outing of the season by any means, but he got plenty of support from the league's fourth-best offense. Andersen improves to 27-11-2 with a 2.57 GAA and a .923 save percentage. He'll likely draw the start Saturday, when the Maple Leafs visit the Coyotes.
News: Matthews had two goals, one on the power play, and an assist in a 6-3 win over the Golden Knights on Thursday.
Impact: Matthews recorded six shots on goal in the game, his second consecutive appearance with three points. He's up to 53 points in 43 games, with 15 of those points coming on the power play.
News: Johnsson (leg) won't return to Thursday's game against the Golden Knights, Kristen Shilton of reports.
Impact: Johnsson suffered his injury when he took a knee-on-knee hit from Vegas' Brayden McNabb early on in the second period of Thursday's contest. The Maple Leafs will hope Johnsson's not facing an extended absence, as he's been red hot recently, racking up five goals and nine points in his last six games, including a power-play goal before the injury Thursday.
News: Andersen will start Thursday's road tilt against Vegas, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Impact: Andersen will take a personal four-game win streak into the contest, posting a 2.48 GAA and .930 save percentage in that span. While T-Mobile Arena was a fortress for the Golden Knights last season, they have struggled there of late, dropping each of their last four home games.
News: Marner's assist Tuesday in a win over Colorado gave him 47 -- the same number he had last season.
Impact: Marner is also just two points from hitting his career mark in overall points (69), but he's only played 56 games. At this rate, he will flirt with his first 100-point season. Marner is in line for a huge payday this offseason.
News: Brown has just five goals this season.
Impact: It's a far cry from the 20 he sniped in his rookie season. But then again, Brown played up the lineup as a rookie and he's mired on the fourth line this season. It's clear Brown can play with talented players, but he may not get that chance again with the Leafs.
News: Gauthier has three assists in his last 10 games, including two in his last five.
Impact: The Goat is a cheap, fourth-line pivot who happily plays under 10 minutes a game in a clearly defined role. There's huge value to have a guy like him on your team, especially in the cap era. But Gauthier will never have fantasy value.
News: Holl has not played since Dec. 23 and remains a fixture in the press box.
Impact: Holl is a 27-year-old defender with four games of NHL experience. He may become a sixth defender one day, but right now, there's no fantasy value in a guy who barely sees the ice. Put simply, the Leafs have too many defenders and not enough ice time, especially with the arrival of Jake Muzzin.
News: Lindholm has just one point in his last 18 games.
Impact: Lindholm has the ability to play in many roles, but his upside is limited. On the Leafs, his ice time is limited and so is his value. There's little room in fantasy for a 12-point pivot who goes on long dry spells.
News: Gardiner skated with Travis Dermott, not Nikita Zaitsev, at practice Wednesday.
Impact: Gardiner has alternated good and bad play, so putting him down on the third pairing could be a way to diminish the team's exposure when he does something bad. Or it could just be an experiment that doesn't last beyond Wednesday. Gardiner is struggling through a period of depressed output -- he has just six assists in his last 20 games. And he hasn't scored a goal since Dec. 4.
News: Zaitsev skated with Jake Muzzin at practice on Wednesday.
Impact: Coach Mike Babcock had juggled pairings Tuesday in a win over the Avs and shifted Muzzin to a spot beside Zaitsev. The righty has just seven points in 56 games this season and has been weak defensively, so a move to skate with the strong Muzzin would certainly solve that worry -- or showcase Zaitsev for a trade. Even it that was to happen, he's not fantasy worthy at this point.
News: Rielly was paired with
Impact: We're not sure what to make of this. Muzzin was brought in to log heavy minutes against the opposition's best. But coach Mike Babcock split the pair in Tuesday's game. Hainsey played with Rielly before Muzzin's arrival, so we can't help but wonder if it's an attempt to showcase Nikita Zaitsev with Muzzin. Rielly will deliver no matter who he skates with, and this change will put him back on his dominant side again.
News: Hainsey practiced with Morgan Rielly on Wednesday on the top Toronto pairing.
Impact: The switch actually happened mid-game Tuesday in a win over the Avs. Hainsey had lost his top-pair gig to newcomer Jake Muzzin when he arrived, but he looked comfortable back with Rielly on Tuesday. He won't help you from a fantasy perspective, and this may not last. Either way, the Leafs' blue line seems to be in flux again.
News: Muzzin and Morgan Rielly were split up during Tuesday's win over Colorado and practiced on different pairings at practice Wednesday.
Impact: Muzzin practised with Nikita Zaitsev on Wednesday, while Ron Hainsey slotted back up with Rielly. Of course, Twitter exploded afterward with criticism of coach Mike Babcock. It remains to be seen if this is the new normal, a method to limit Jake Gardiner's exposure or a showcase of Zaitsev, who might be trade bait. Muzzin has logged heavy ice with the Leafs, but hasn't put up any points in his last four games.
News: Johnsson moved up to the third line Tuesday night and notched an assist.
Impact: He has been white hot. Johnsson's 13 points in 15 games are third in team scoring since Jan. 5, behind only John Tavares and Auston Matthews. He's tenacious, especially down low. Johnsson acquired most of those points while on the fourth line, but by the end of most games he'd moved up to the third anyway. So why not start there and see what happens? He could be a strong play with Nazem Kadri and William Nylander.
News: Tavares had two power-play assists, one to Auston Matthews and one to Nazem Kadri, helping his team earn a 5-2 win over Colorado on Tuesday.
Impact: Whether he's finding the twine or finding a teammate, Tavares has been a reliable producer for the Leafs all season. It won't be easy, but his pace suggests a 90-point season is a realistic possibility, which would also be a career high.
News: Kapanen netted a pair of goals in a 5-2 win over Colorado on Tuesday.
Impact: The Finnish winger opened the scoring and later added a power-play marker, giving him 18 goals for the season. A first-round pick in 2014, Kapanen has loads of talent and will be a reliable point producer if he continues in a top-six role.
News: Kadri potted two goals in Tuesday's 5-2 demolition of Colorado.
Impact: One of his goals came with the man advantage and was his first point since scoring a hat trick in a four-point effort seven games prior. Despite his lack of production over that period, Kadri continued to play a role on the Leafs' top power play and began to repay head coach Mike Babcock's faith Tuesday.
News: Matthews notched a goal and two assists Tuesday to help his team earn a 5-2 win over Colorado.
Impact: It's a shame that Matthews had to miss 14 games this year, or he'd be making a run at the Art Ross Trophy. As it is, he now has 50 points on the year and has 25 each in goals and assists, showing just how versatile he can be. He's fantastic to have on your team.
News: Andersen stopped 34 of 36 shots Tuesday, earning a 5-2 win over Colorado.
Impact: Any time you can hold Colorado's big guns silent, you've done a great job. Andersen is playing very good hockey right now and has a .926 save percentage in the month of February. The Leafs are riding him right now, and you'd be wise to do the same.
News: Andersen will start in goal for Tuesday's road game against Colorado, Mark Masters of reports.
Impact: The Toronto starter has been quite good in his past five starts, racking up a 4-0-1 record to go along with a 2.76 GAA and .924 save percentage. Andersen will likely be busy against the Avs, who sit at 11th in shots per game (32.4). The 29-year-old will continue to be the lead man in goal for Toronto, with backup Garret Sparks mixing in sparingly.