It is a frequent topic in Leafsland at any point Toronto is down a goal, but a debate that seems to disappear as soon as the Leafs retake the lead. We’ve seen it briefly toyed with in game and Sheldon Keefe has removed Michael Bunting from the trio already, so we figured it’s time to ask the TLN crew: Is it time to split up Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner?
It certainly can’t hurt to try out a few different looks. Sometimes players can become too comfortable and shifting things around can certainly be one way of kick-starting a good run. Putting Marner with Tavares and pairing Nylander and Matthews together would be the way I’d go with it, helping to reinvigorate the top six without doing anything too drastic.
If it wasn’t for the recent improvement of play I would say to throw everything in the blender but at this point I think it’s best to be patient. That being said, I think it would be a smart play to swap up the lines throughout the season to see what you could pull off in the playoffs. With how hot Tavares and Marner have been it wouldn’t be the worst decision to try and get them to dominate on the ice together.
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation