Maple Leafs centre Nazem Kadri suspended for rest of first round
Without mentioning him by name, Boston coach Bruce Cassidy took a shot at Nazem Kadri. “You need some level of discipline,” said Cassidy. “You can’t chase a guy down.”
— steve simmons (@simmonssteve) April 15, 2019
“Hopefully we can win this series and he’ll be back”
- How Leafs lineup could change vs. Bruins without center?
- The immediate challenge for the Leafs entering Monday night’s Game 3 at Scotiabank Arena is finding a third line that can drive puck possession and score goals in Kadri’s absence.
- Kadri was the team’s third-line center between wingers Patrick Marleau and William Nylander in the first two games of the series.
- The most logical choice to replace Kadri down the middle is Nylander, and that’s how Toronto lined up during Monday’s morning skate.
Zach Hyman–John Tavares–Mitch Marner
Andreas Johnsson–Auston Matthews–Kasperi Kapanen
Patrick Marleau–William Nylander–Connor Brown
Trevor Moore–Frederik Gauthier–Tyler Ennis
Nazem Kadri ▶️▶️▶️ Jake DeBrusk#HfHits
A little glimpse into a world where fighting a guy isn’t allowed/done?
— hockeyfights (@hockeyfights) April 14, 2019
Nylander with Marleau and Brown at 5v5 this year:
47.3% CF, 43.1% xG.
Nylander and Brown w/o Marleau:
59% CF, 49.2% xG
Nylander and Marleau w/o Brown:
59.9% CF, 55.2% xG
Nylander w/o either of them:
54.8% CF, 57.6% xG
Like jee… I dunno… let’s use BOTH to drag him down
— Stephen Burtch (@SteveBurtch) April 15, 2019