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10 August 2020 04:38

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  • Toronto Maple Leafs forward Andreas Johnsson will play Sunday after the team activated him off injured reserve.

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Andreas Johnsson will play Sunday after the team activated him off injured reserve.

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Toronto Maple Leafs activate forward Andreas Johnsson off injured reserve

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Andreas Johnsson will play Sunday after the team activated him off injured reserve. Johnsson hasn't played since Feb. 13, when he sustained a knee injury after colliding with teammate Kasperi Kapanen. On Sunday, Johnsson slots in on the third line with Alexander Kerfoot and Ilya Mikheyev, in place of Nicholas Robertson. Prior to his injury, Johnsson had eight goals and 21 points in 43 games for the Maple Leafs. Now he returns for a win-or-go-home Game 5 play-in matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Battle-tested Leafs ready to 'leave it all out there' in do or die series finale The Toronto Maple Leafs have activated forward Andreas Johnsson off the injured reserve. Johnsson underwent knee surgery on Feb. 19 after he was injured colliding with teammate Kasperi Kapanen in a game against the Dallas Stars and has not played since. He was given a six-month recovery time and began skating on July 22, one week after Phase 3 training camps opened. In 43 games this season, Johnsson has eight goals and 21 points. The Leafs are set to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets Sunday night in Game 5 of their Stanley Cup best-of-five playoff qualifying series.

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The Leafs picked a historic win in Game Four, and hockey history says don't mess with a winning lineup. That being said, there were 56 minutes of hockey that weren't going great before things took a positive turn for the Leafs, and perhaps they could use some help tonight. The @MapleLeafs have activated forward Andreas Johnsson from injured reserve. #LeafsForever — Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) August 9, 2020 Jake Muzzin is out of quarantine inside the NHL bubble and skated this morning. So, yeah, those are some good players to have at the Leafs disposal in an all or nothing situation.

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The question remains, who stays in and who comes out? Arguably those answers would be pretty easy too, and Marincin and Mikheyev would come out, as Marincin is Marincin and Mikheyev hasn't been particularly good in against Columbus. Watching a game might not be a bad idea for him. As interesting as adding Johnsson and Muzzin would be, we just know what we've seen from those two tweets and certainly Sheldon Keefe isn't letting it be known what he is planning. Nothing like a little pregame intrigue before a deciding game.

The Leafs chose a historical win in Game Four, and hockey history states do not tinker a gaining lineup. That being stated, there were 56 minutes of hockey that weren't going terrific prior to things took a favorable turn for the Leafs, and maybe they could utilize some assistance tonight. The @MapleLeafs have actually triggered forward Andreas Johnsson from hurt reserve. #LeafsForever — Leafs PR (@Leafs PR) August 9, 2020 Jake Muzzin runs out quarantine inside the NHL bubble and skated today. — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) August 9, 2020 So, yeah, those are some great gamers to have at the Leafs disposal in an all or absolutely nothing circumstance. The concern stays, who remains in and who comes out? Arguably those responses would be quite easy too, and Marincin and Mikheyev would come out, as Marincin is Marincin and Mikheyev hasn't been especially great in versusColumbus Watching a game may not be a bad concept for him. As fascinating as including Johnsson and Muzzin would be, we feel in one's bones what we have actually seen from those 2 tweets and definitely Sheldon Keefe isn't letting it be understood what he is preparing. Nothing like a little pregame intrigue prior to a choosing game. Johnsson (knee) was activated from injured reserve Sunday. Johnsson underwent knee surgery in February and he was expected to be out for six months, but he was activated approximately a week before that timeline. It's unclear at this time if he will play in Sunday's Game 5 versus the Blue Jackets, but if the Maple Leafs advance, he could enter the lineup during the first round. The 24-year-old would likely play in a middle-six role.