Kotkaniemi calls performance of Habs' top two lines in his first pre-season game 'terrible'
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Toronto Maple Leafs
Veteran Jason Spezza moved to right wing in Friday's practice from his usual centre ice position. Spezza skated on a line with Frederik Gauthier at centre and Trevor Moore at left wing.
Kasperi Kapanen, John Tavares and Mitch Marner once again worked as the top line, with Jake Muzzin and Tyson Barrie as the top defence pairing.
Goaltender Michal Neuvirth returned to practice Friday after missing time earlier this week with an injury.
The group that skated Friday is expected to play against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night:
Moore- Gauthier -Spezza
The Leafs will be taking on the Buffalo Sabres on Friday using their other training camp group. The Friday night lines are expected to be as follows:
Forward Ryan Poehling is out indefinitely with a concussion. Poehling sustained the injury on a hit from Dryden Hunt during Wednesday's matchup in New Brunswick.
Poehling's head crashed hard into the boards following the hit. The 20-year-old was slow to get up but did not leave the game, eventually contributing the winning assist as the Canadiens beat the Panthers 4-3.
Meanwhile, the Habs also announced that forward Michael McCarron is going to be out approximately six weeks because of a groin injury.
The team is expected to use the following lines against the St. Louis Blues:
The Flames are expected to use the following lines tonight against the Edmonton Oilers:
Craig Anderson will start against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night, but will be replaced in the third period by Joey Daccord.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman, Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat will all make their preseason debuts tonight against the Nashville Predators.