Sports Babcock planning for Game 3 without Komarov

23:06  15 april  2018
23:06  15 april  2018 Source:   MSN

Leafs forward Leo Komarov to miss Game 3 against Boston

  Leafs forward Leo Komarov to miss Game 3 against Boston Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov will miss Game 3 against the Boston Bruins because of a lower-body injury. Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said at Monday morning’s game-day skate that the 31-year-old Finn is day-to-day and that he hopes to have him back for Game 4 on Thursday. "He’s going to skate tomorrow, and then will skate the following day and be a game-time decision (for Game 4)," said Babcock. Centre Dominic Moore will take Komarov’s spot in the lineup. Moore sat out the first two games of the series as a healthy scratch.

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“It would be more fun if we won some more games ,” said Komarov . “I’m not trying to think about (the modest success). A concussion slowed him last season after a year back in the KHL, leaving him one of many on Bay St. with uncertain futures under Babcock ’s plans .

a hockey game in the snow© Provided by thecanadianpress.com Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock isn't planning to have forward Leo Komarov in the lineup against the Boston Bruins as they try and dig out of an 0-2 series deficit.

Komarov left Saturday's 7-3 Game 2 loss with a lower-body injury and Babcock says he doesn't know if the Finnish forward will be ready to return for Monday's Game 3 matchup at Air Canada Centre.

"What I'm planning on doing is going without him and if he shows up he shows up," said Babcock.

The 31-year-old started Game 2 on Toronto's top unit with Auston Matthews and Kasperi Kapanen, but a 4-0 first-period deficit led to him being dropped down to the fourth to start the second. He played just 6:39 before leaving in the middle frame and not returning.

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Leo Komarov is ready to return to the Maple Leafs lineup, but he is going to have to cool his heels for one more day. Leafs coach Mike Babcock confirmed on Thursday after practice at the MasterCard Centre that Komarov , who has missed six games with a left leg injury

Babcock has already had to shuffle his lineups in the series which has made it more difficult for him to try and line match against the Bruins.

He was forced to switch up in Game 2 because of Nazem Kadri's three-game suspension. Kadri was punished by the NHL after boarding Tommy Wingels in the series opener — a 5-1 loss that saw emotions start to rev up.

Forwards Dominic Moore, Matt Martin and Josh Leivo are all healthy and ready to go, with all three taking part in post-season practices. But Babcock wouldn't tip his hand at who could potentially replace Komarov in the lineup if needed.

"We're going to play hard against them. We've got last change (at home). I'll tell you (Monday) during warmup."

On Sunday, Babcock chose to hold a team meeting at Air Canada Centre rather than an off-day skate. After being outscored 12-4 in the first two games of the series, he wanted his team to find a way to recentre while also going over video of what needs to be improved on ahead of Game 3.

Babcock's solution to stopping Bruins' top line is right in front of him

  Babcock's solution to stopping Bruins' top line is right in front of him Babcock's solution to stopping Bruins' top line is right in front of himMaple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock was forced to shuffle his lines heading into Game 2 with the absence of Nazem Kadri. He put the slow-footed Leo Komarov on the top line, but that was destined to fail. After going down 4-0 by the end of the first, Babcock again brought out the line blender, but nothing he came up with could contain the best threesome in the NHL.

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The Leafs have won four in a row, three without injured star centre Auston Matthews, and entered a four- game break in the schedule feeling good about what they’ve Babcock had the Kadri- Komarov combo out against Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak, one of the best lines in the NHL.

"Get re-energized here today. Basically, we brought them in here today just to clean the mechanism out and let's get ready to go and get after it. We spent all year preparing for this opportunity, putting in a lot of work and don't feel we've been as good as we're capable of being," said Babcock.

"That part is disappointing, but the other part is we know how good we are and we want to play that well."

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