The Toronto Marlies are on a winning streak! That’s… about the most exciting thing about tonight’s game that I can tell you. There weren’t a ton of shots, there weren’t many big plays, the shoving matches were brief, the powerplays were few, and we weren’t even completely sure that the first goal went in the net until a review came in. Yes, it’s the joys of early-season, weekend evening AHL hockey, where everyone is thrown off of their routine while they’re still trying to figure out what their routine really is. With that considered, though, Toronto will gladly take two points from this one.
Carl Grundstrom – Chris Mueller – Jeremy Bracco
Dmytro Timashov – Adam Cracknell – Sam Gagner
Mason Marchment – Josh Jooris – Trevor Moore
Griffen Molino – Colin Greening – JJ Piccinch
Calle Rosen – Timothy Liljegren
Andreas Borgman – Vincent LoVerde
Sam Jardine – Jordan Subban
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
- There really isn’t a ton to talk about within the game itself. It really was a game of incomplete plays, puck scrambles, missed shots, and clumped together players. I can’t stress this enough; if you’re reading this before diving into the Game in an Hour on LNN, maybe just stick to the Youtube video above.
- One positive note, though, is that Jeff Glass looked sharp, even if he didn’t face a lot of danger. His slow start was concerning given the Leafs’ departed goaltenders and Kasimir Kaskisuo’s injury, but the veteran seems to be catching a groove.
- Rasmus Sandin participated in warmups for the first time this season. Sheldon Keefe said after the game that there wasn’t an immediate rush to get him into Toronto’s next game (against Syracuse on the 26th), but that they’ll be integrating him into the team and taking things on a day-by-day basis. The previously-injured AHL rookie will be staying with the Marlies this year, instead of going to the OHL or SHL.
- Newly signed Frank Corrado is also on an undetermined timeline. Keefe said that the blueliner is eager to get going, but given that he didn’t have a shot at a real training camp and hasn’t played since February, they’ll be taking their time in pulling him in as well.
- Adam Brooks remains at least a week away from returning to the lineup after suffering a pre-season injury.
- The Marlies did something a little bit different with their line 5-on-3 powerplay, blending the two units together (putting Mason Marchment on PP1, and Carl Grundstrom on PP2, with Sam Gagner moving to the point on the top unit). The move appeared to be just an experiment; Keefe noted that the team has spent no time working on 5v3 play yet this year, instead working on more likely game situations as they get into the thick of things.
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