Leafs, Red Wings push start time back 30 minutes Sunday
Puck drop was originally scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
TSN Hockey Insider Chris Johnston reports the winter storm currently moving through parts of the United States and Canada pushed back the Red Wings' travel plans.
Tonight's Leafs-Red Wings game has been pushed back to 7:30 p.m. -- it sounds like the winter storm affected Detroit's travel plans.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) January 14, 2024
On Saturday, the NHL adjusted start times for Monday's games involving the Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks as well as the Seattle Kraken and Pittsburgh Penguins. This came after the NFL pushed back the start time of the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers playoff game originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon to 4:30 p.m. ET Monday due to severe weather throughout Western New York.
Samsonov gets the start
Goaltender Ilya Samsonov will start for Toronto on Sunday, head coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters at the morning skate.
Samsonov has struggled this season, posting a .862 save percentage and 3.94 goals-allowed average in 15 games. The Leafs waived the Russian netminder following a 6-5 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Dec. 29 in which he allowed six goals on 21 shots. After clearing waivers, the 26-year-old was sent down to the Toronto Marlies, but did not make an appearance at the AHL level before being called back up by the Leafs earlier this week.