At the start of the playoffs Morgan Real was asked if a team was coming in better shape or coming in with a full filling of healthy players.
“Well, I think both are the best,” Really said. “But realistically it’s a challenge.”
This is the subtle line his Toronto maple leaves are trying to walk right now, underscoring the challenge during Monday’s 3-2 extra time loss to the Montreal Canadians, which Nick Foligno missed in the final 27 minutes An injury.
You should do that when you get games to play more Play. Injuries are an inevitable part of hockey, which saw leaves two weeks apart, where they had already lost Justin Hole (buck to the face), Zack Hyman (sprained MCL) and Zack Pokosian (shoulder).
It is not clear whether Foligno was sent to the dressing room late in the second period. He stuck his skis with Joel Edmundson and skidded on the boards in the third last shift of the night. After stopping innocently at the edge of Jack Allen’s folds, he grabbed his left leg.
Leaves called this an upper body injury, but did not provide any details.
“I have no word on him, no,” head coach Shelton Keefe said after the game. “We have a day off [Tuesday] So let’s see how it holds up and learn more on the next practice day [Wednesday]. ”
Losing follicles at any time can be overwhelming especially in situations. He’s still picking up speed in his new system, dressed for just five games since arriving from Columbus during the trade deadline, and he’s nothing short of riding in the game he went down to.
The leaves basically cover the regular season title of the northern section, but choose to push harder through the finish. They expelled Foligno, Rielli, Jack Musin and Jack Campbell from the back-to-back second side last week, but otherwise showed no interest in load management.
“I think that’s what we want to change [compared to] You have been entering the playoffs rolling for the last two years, ”Really said. “Playing well, playing with confidence, not stumbling. As confident as you are in your structure, you know what you are doing and then you go and you perform well. ”
They loved what happened at 5-5 against Montreal, where they beat their opponent 2-0, creating 88 percent of high-risk chances and 54 percent of expected goals. But with 52 seconds left in the match against Canadians Tyler Tofoli’s power-play goal and Philip Donald’s equalizer, Allen was pulled into an additional attack.
Cole Cowfield froze the clock in overtime for the second time in three days.
“I thought we played enough to win the game, and it would be kind of a goal to build it and send it overtime,” said Campbell, who made 20 saves.
Rielli added: “If you break revenue, you break the odd man rush, we thought we were right.”
The truth is that Foligno’s injury has obscured the outcome of the situation and another goal from Aston Mathews, who is now 18 incredible to show his last 18 games, and is dropping the league with 39 in the season.
Bought for first round selection and two fourth rounders from Foligno Blue jackets – the biggest price that reflects the awesome qualities that the 33-year-old winger carries. Keefe noted how much confidence was expressed in him when he first joined the group in the dining room at the Delta Hotel in Winnipeg on April 21st, and the team players were impressed as he soon expressed his desire to have his clothes heard in the dressing room.
“Joining a new team late is not easy, but we have a pretty open team,” Musin said. “He’s coming in, he’s giving voice. He does not want to talk outside the line, but I talked to him the other day about being yourself; he knows what to do, he’s around.”
You could argue that Foligno will benefit the most from these final regular season games due to unfamiliar circumstances, and it is now unclear whether he will be in any position to play them.
He has four assists in managing the left with his short time in Toronto alongside Matthews and Mitch Marner, and Keefe wanted to find him somewhere else to look at other possibilities before the season came to a close last season.
“Every day I am very comfortable with the room, the coaching staff, the coaches, the organization, but knowing full well that there are certain attributes that I can bring will help move it,” Folicno said Monday morning. “When my game starts out very comfortable, more things come out.”
It was worrying to see him clear the ice three minutes before the second break.
“Yeah, it’s obviously not that big,” Riley said. “Even during the weeks he was here, I think he was able to lead and influence the guys [offer] Different perspectives, different perspectives.
“I think he’s the best. He’s right on our team.”