Preseason Pre-Game #3: Five things to watch now that Leafs have reached Toronto

The Leafs are finally home, HUZZAH! The downside is that the game is against the Sabres, and not even enough good Sabres to make them interesting, so we really won’t talk about them. The opposition in pre-season doesn’t really matter, outside of weird reunions and thankfully there aren’t any former Sabres storylines on the Leafs, well, at least not with Nick Baptiste not in the lineup tonight.

The @MapleLeafs have announced the roster for tonight’s preseason game vs. Buffalo at @ScotiabankArena. pic.twitter.com/RQBrOfRH32
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) September 20, 2019
Here’s what to watch for
1. Sandin’s back but Harpur isn’t
For all the “sky is falling” concern that people had about Mike Babcock giving faint praise to Ben Harpur, it doesn’t seem like it was enough to keep him with his defensive partner and Sandin has broken free. This raises two very important questions about Sandin and those are “will he continue to be playing on the right?” and “who will the new partner be?”
We’ll start with the playing on the right option. The fact that Martin Marincin is the defensemen imported from the other Leafs split squad makes my ears …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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