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Leafs missing a very important member of the D corps against the Islanders; tonight's projected lineup
BY SCOTT ROWE MARCH 21, 2023 (2:36 PM)
Tonight's match should be a measuring stick type of game against a team already playing for their playoff lives and Sheldon Keefe is planning accordingly. The Leafs will go with a 12F/6D setup instead of 11F/7D as Brodie sits, nursing a minor injury. No need for Toronto to risk further injury to Brodie, especially when they have 9 NHL defensemen on the roster.
T.J. Brodie has been arguably Toronto's best and most reliable defender this year and he seems to elevate the play of whoever Keefe pairs with him. With Brodie sitting, here's what the projected lineup looks like for tonight and just how valuable he's been this year.
A great test tonight for the Buds, looking to prove they're playoff ready against a desperate heavy-hitting defensive Islanders squad. It will be fascinating to monitor the Leafs' defensive depth and if they have the ability to overcome such a big loss on their back end and pick up the win tonight in hostile territory.