In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs’ line combinations and player changes, I’ll take a look at the moves the Maple Leafs are making to prepare to play the Philadelphia Flyers tonight on the road. The Maple Leafs will be looking for their fourth victory, while the Flyers were officially eliminated from making the playoffs after losing to the Minnesota Wild last Tuesday.

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General Injury Situation

Yesterday, Alex Kerfoot did not dress for practice. However, he was having a maintenance day and is expected to play tonight in Philadelphia. As well, Nick Abruzzese will make his NHL debut tonight. 

Finally, goalie Jack Campbell’s ribs are sufficiently healed and he’s expected to start. It’s perfect timing because goalie Petr Mrazek was injured during the Boston Bruins’ game. It looks as if Mrazek might miss the remainder of the regular season.

Newcomer defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin did practice yesterday. His problem was deemed not to be concussion-related. Rather, it was a neck injury brought about when the Boston Bruins’ Taylor Hall sucker-punched him during the Bruins’ game earlier this week. Lyubushkin has had neck problems in the past. If the pairings in practice are any indication Lyubushkin will play tomorrow. 

Finally, defenseman Jake Muzzin – who was out with a concussion – has made the trip. However. there’s no word on when he will play. It won’t be tonight.

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Likely Line Combinations & Defensive Pairings for the Flyers’ Game

Here are the lines at practice yesterday:

Line Combinations

First line: Michael Bunting – Auston Matthews – Mitch Marner

Second Line: Ilya Mikheyev – John Tavares – Jason Spezza (for Alex Kerfoot)

Third Line: William Nylander – David Kampf – Pierre Engvall

Fourth Line: Nick Abruzzese – Colin Blackwell – Wayne Simmonds

Defensive pairings

First Pairing: Morgan Rielly – Ilya Lyubushkin

Second Pairing: T.J. Brodie – Justin Holl

Third Pairing: Mark Giordano – Timothy Liljegren

Leftover: Jake Muzzin and Carl Dahlstrom  

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