El Segundo, California-When the Toronto Maple Leafs made their last annual pilgrimage to Southern California, expect to see the return of the three former Kings that night.
They are back, but not in the way many people hoped.
Goalkeeper Jack Campbell and forward Kyle Clifford were acquired by the Leafs from the Los Angeles Kings a month ago. A year ago, defender Jack Muzing was traded to Toronto from the California club.
All three participated in the Leaf Team Visit Kings game on March 5, 2020, but two members did not participate in the game. Campbell dressed up as a substitute for the starter Frederick Andersen, although he started in Anaheim and San Jose in California.A week ago, Muzin broke his hand after blocking a shot from the Tampa Bay Chargers defender Victor Hedman (Victor Hedman) and then watched the game in the press booth
“I wish I was there,” Muzin recalled that night. “But getting the love of fans is a very special thing.”
Clifford is the only player in the three players.
On Wednesday night, Campbell and Muzin will play a game at the Sutterps Center for the first time after becoming the Maple Leafs. A COVID season that restricted the Leafs from playing in a division consisting only of Canadian opponents canceled the usual California trip from 2020 to 21.
“It’s a weird situation, injury and then COVID,” Muzin said. “There must be some feeling in that barn. I obviously have some good memories there.”
Muzzin won the Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2014 and was the “Black Ace” in the team’s game in 2012, and never thought he would live anywhere outside of Los Angeles.
He still has a home in California, and his Stanley Cup ring is still there. Muzin said he hasn’t seen these rings since the pandemic began, but seeing them is still part of his plan.
“I mean you spent a lot of time here, and I grew up as a professional player here,” Muzin said, describing the sight of Los Angeles on the way to the Toyota Performance Center to practice. “There are many memories everywhere.”
Two weeks ago, Campbell made his first start against the Kings in Toronto, when his team lost 5-1 to his old club. His former teammate Jonathan Quick (Jonathan Quick) made 33 saves during the victory for Los Angeles.
Campbell said: “It’s natural to be very excited against the old club.” “I got rid of this in the last game.”
Muzzin has become a frequent visitor to the team’s second pair of partner Justin Holl, and Campbell has changed from a Los Angeles bench to Toronto’s starter.
These will be an emotional return on Wednesday night, but as Clifford joins the Maple Leafs for practice on Tuesday, a different type of reunion has emerged.
Clifford was acquired in a deal with the St. Louis Blues team for future consideration last week, and he was called up as an additional player.
“This is just a good opportunity to reintroduce him to the team,” Keef said of Clifford.
The Leafs announced his call when Clifford came on the field, and Joey Anderson left the game. The latter was sent to the Marley team.
Now wearing the No. 43 jersey, Clifford played a few games with the Mali team to speed up. The Leafs did not change anything during training, so it is expected that the players will not break the lineup anytime soon.
But on Wednesday, Campbell, Muzin, and Clifford will return to Staples Center to play the exact opposite role of the night on March 5, 2020.
Mrazek took part in some exercises
Goalkeeper Petr Mrazek did some work before practice and shot for the first training during the main session before the preparation meeting. This is his first practice match for any team since he was suspended on November 7 due to another groin injury.
“Today is a good day, it will definitely get him back to work there,” Kiefer said.
He continued to increase his workload and worked with goalkeeper coach Steve Brielle. Mrazek’s schedule has not changed, as the goalkeeper is expected to be absent for at least four weeks from November 7.
Not satisfied with lack of offense instead of good defense
The Maple Leafs quickly became one of the best defensive teams in the NHL, allowing only 2.25 goals per game (NHL ranked third).
In terms of offense, despite having the league’s third-best Corsi (53.69%) and leading the league in expected goals (56.02%), the team has been struggling.
Keefe didn’t just look forward to returning to the average, but took a deeper look at the chances the team got.