San Jose-The Toronto Maple Leafs breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday. David Kempf re-practised with his teammates on the ice, indicating that he may be hit on the head by Los Angeles Kings forward Rasmus Kupari on Wednesday He was unscathed. .
“Yes, it seems to be so,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keef said. “This is a good day for him. Tomorrow he wakes up to the skating rink, we will see his condition.”
At 1:38 in the first quarter, in the team’s 6-2 victory over the Kings, Kempf was eliminated. The team announced before the start of the second quarter that for precautionary reasons, the defensive forward will be absent for the remainder of the game.
Before the team faced the San Jose Sharks, Kampf teammate Ondrej Kase was the only player who did not participate in Thursday’s training.
“We call it maintenance day today, but we will look at how he is in the morning,” Keefe said.
Keefe did not specify any injuries that prevented Kase from participating in training, but his aggressive play undoubtedly left a lot of wear on the forward. On the offensive end, he usually hits the net while blocking shots on the defensive end of the ice rink.
If Kase cannot play, Leafs may put Kirill Semyonov on the fourth line. They tried a new practice method and saw Simmonds rise to Cass’s position in the third row.
Kampf is praised by Keefe for his contribution to the team because he is a true defensive check center. As the main force on the third line, Keefe has deployed Kampf’s defensive line to provide a large amount of load for the team’s defensive zone. His confidence in Kempf allowed him to rest centers Alston Matthews and John Tavares in order to make more shifts in the game against a stronger lineup.
“He made us unbelievable all year,” Matthews said of Campf. “To be able to compete with some top players, to have some major matches, so as to achieve some major goals.
Kase fought side by side with Kampf in the third line and only played one game. He has scored 5 goals and provided 3 assists in 21 games this season.
Wall starts to fight the sharks
As the team continued to monitor his load management, starting goalkeeper Jack Campbell took a day off from training. Since Peter Mrazek was suspended for a groin injury on November 7, Campbell has started every game of the Maple Leafs, except for the two late games in the back-to-back game.
The Leafs will break this order, and Wall gets a nod on Friday.
“We think it’s important to find an opportunity for him to take a day off (rest) like today,” Keef said of Campbell. “It’s not just about missing tomorrow’s game. But spending one day, just like today, one more day, what good will it do for his body and mind and all of this.”
Among the goalkeepers who have played at least 10 games this season, Campbell has the highest save rate (.943) and average number of goals (1.68).
Murazek participated in the training of the Leaf team for the second time since his injury, and participated in a full 30 minutes of training. The timetable is at least four weeks, which will be the next week as his return goal.
Put Rich on the right track
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nick Ridge has not scored this season. But with the team’s 12 victories in the past 14 games, they seem to continue to be patient.
Rich signed a two-year, $5 million contract in July. He scored a career-high 15 goals in 56 games with the Boston Bruins.
On Wednesday, after the screened Kings goalkeeper Jonathan Quick let Jason Spezer score in the second quarter, his teammates praised him.
“I think it just shows that his teammates care about him, they appreciate his identity and everything he has done for our team, he brings value to us,” Keef said. “He is capable. And I firmly believe that once he scores, things will open up for him. I think he is a man who has the ability to score big goals for us at critical moments. I think this will come.”
At the end of the exercise, Keef and Rich had a one-on-one online exercise, and he found the information very insightful.
“Just to change your shooting angle and some trivial things that might help to score,” Rich said.