Losing streaks don’t come often for the Toronto Marlies, but when they do, they’re usually an early-season precursor to the team figuring themselves out and getting back to their usual business. We’ll find out soon enough whether this is similar to those initial stumbles in 2014/15 and 2016/17, but for now, Toronto will settle for ending a five-game losing skid on Saturday afternoon, hours after not being able to cap off a rally in Rochester.

The Highlights

Here’s Friday:

Here’s Saturday:

The Lines

Here’s Friday:

Carl Grundstrom – Chris Mueller – Sam Gagner
Dmytro Timashov – Adam Cracknell – Jeremy Bracco
Pierre Engvall – Josh Jooris – Trevor Moore
Mason Marchment – Colin Greening – Griffen Molino

Calle Rosen – Timothy Liljegren
Andreas Borgman – Vincent LoVerde
Andrew Nielsen – Jordan Subban

Jeff Glass
Eamon McAdam

Here’s Saturday:

Carl Grundstrom – Chris Mueller – Sam Gagner
Dmytro Timashov – Adam Cracknell – Jeremy Bracco
Mason Marchment – Josh Jooris – Trevor Moore
Griffen Molino – Colin Greening – JJ Piccinch

Calle Rosen – Timothy Liljegren
Andreas Borgman – Vincent LoVerde
Sam Jardine – Jordan Subban

Jeff Glass

Powerplay 1: Gagner – Mueller – Grundstrom – Timashov – Liljegren
Powerplay 2: Marchment – Cracknell – Moore – Bracco – Subban
Penalty Kill Forwards: Greening, Jooris, Moore, Cracknell, Molino, Timashov
Penalty Kill Defencemen: Rosen, Liljegren, Borgman, LoVerde

The Notes

  • Chris Mueller returned from an injury suffered the previous week, and his presence was evident from the get-go. Besides the pair of assists he picked up on the weekend, the coaching staff tends to not be shy about using certain centremen in specific situations, and what comes with getting your top threat at the dot back is more situations where you can send out your top line, either to grab a goal or tire out/distract the best players on the opposing team. That much became evident as Saturday’s game progressed, in particular.
  • Also returning to the lineup is a player that the team has been missing the entire season to date in Mason Marchment. If you told me two years ago that I’d be telling you that this team missed his presence, I’d probably laugh, but the strides he’s made to become a valuable, versatile displacement player are nothing short of spectacular. Sure enough, Marchment left the weekend with an assist and a 78% share of the shot attempts while he was on the ice.
  • Marchment played his first game on the fourth line with Colin Greening and Griffen Molino, but was moved up with Josh Jooris and Trevor Moore, the latter of whom was his linemate along with the injured Adam Brooks throughout the Calder Cup playoffs. Said Sheldon Keefe of the reuniting: “We didn’t use Marchment with Moore yesterday and it was because we were kind of taking it slow with Marchment with no exhibition or anything like that. He was outstanding yesterday in the game, so we thought that shuffling things a little bit today, getting him more involved and then reuniting him with Moore, could help kind of kick-start us. That was the case, but both of those players, I think no matter where we put them in the lineup right now they’re just confident and their experience through last season has really put them in a good place coming into this season.”
  • A player who was going to get the opposite treatment on Saturday was Jeremy Bracco, who seemingly ended up a magnet to shots against versus the Amerks. The original plan was for him to slide down to the fourth line, but Pierre Engvall took warmups and didn’t feel comfortable with playing due to some wear and tear from the night before. Bracco stayed on the second line with Dmytro Timashov and Adam Cracknell as a result.
  • Sam Jardine took Andrew Nielsen’s place in the lineup on Saturday, drawing into the lineup for the first time this year while Andrew drew out for his first time. Jardine was very sparingly used – not at all on specials, and rarely at evens unless the team needed someone to catch their breath. That wasn’t completely shocking given his role, and he was good enough to get the job given to him done.
  • Jeff Glass stopped 56 of 62 shots this weekend, which I suppose is fine for a goaltender who is in the position he is now due to some severely extenuating circumstances. If nothing else, it’s an improvement from his first three starts; the Marlies will hope that progression continues for the 33-year-old, who they’ll need steady starts from while Kasimir Kaskisuo recovers from his injury.
  • Toronto’s next game is on Tuesday night against Laval, at Coca-Cola Coliseum. Puck drop is at 7 PM.

Underlying Numbers

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The Game Flow

Here’s Friday:

Here’s Saturday:

Individual Numbers

Here’s Friday:

Here’s Saturday:

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