Maple Leafs hoping to get more production from top players against Canadiens
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Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs will turn back to Jack Campbell Saturday night in the crease against the Montreal Canadiens after he helped the team to an overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks Friday night.
Campbell stopped 26 of 30 shots in his Leafs debut. Meanwhile, William Nylander will sit out again because of an illness.
Forward Jonathan Drouin has been medically cleared to play Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs but it's up to him whether or not he suits up according to TSN's John Lu.
Technically, he is a game-time decision.
In other news, forward Ryan Poehling has been assigned to the AHL's Laval Rocket. Lu reports this move creates a roster spot for Drouin should he be able to make his return Saturday night.
Tomas Tatar, Victor Mete and Jordan Weal -- who have been battling the flu all week -- took part in Saturday's optional skate, however head coach Claude Julien was non-committal over his lineup.
"My lineup card is on my desk... and it's blank," he told reporters.
Micheal Ferland says he plans to have one more hard skate and then go to the Canucks' AHL affiliate, Utica, for full contract practices and as many games as need to make sure he's 100 per cent, per TSN's Farhan Lalji. Ferland feels he had some lingering symptoms and getting hit back in Toronto brought a lot back, per Lalji, but he hasn't had symptoms in a while now. Lalji added Oscar Fantenberg is in concussion protocol.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Lightning head coach Jon Cooper told reporters Saturday that defenceman Ryan McDonagh will miss at least a couple weeks because of a lower-body injury.
The injury is not season ending but is expected to sideline him for the foreseeable future.
McDonagh was injured blocking a shot earlier this week.
Head coach D.J. Smith told reporters Saturday that Cody Goloubef will return to the team's lineup on Saturday in place of Mark Borowiecki, who is out for personal reasons.
Smith added that Saturday's lineup against the Jets is still "pending."