Maple Leafs’ Rielly Expected Back Against Lightning

Morgan Rielly return

In a much-anticipated return, Morgan Rielly is set to hit the ice again as the Toronto Maple Leafs face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at 7 p.m. ET. Rielly, sidelined for the past four games due to an upper-body injury, is eager to rejoin his team. The defenseman, with an impressive 51 points in 65 games this season, expressed his readiness, stating, “I feel good. It’s just day by day right now, so we’ll see for tomorrow.” His return comes as a significant boost to Toronto’s defensive lineup.

Rielly is expected to be paired with Ilya Lyubushkin during the morning skate, adding depth to the Maple Leafs’ defensive arsenal. Meanwhile, fans eagerly await the return of forward Mitch Marner, who has been sidelined for 11 games due to a high ankle sprain. Marner, boasting an impressive 76 points in 62 games, may make his comeback over the upcoming weekend.

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Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe emphasized the cautious approach with Marner, stating, “We are just going to feel it out and talk to him and likely make it more of a target for the weekend.”

With a current record of 43-22-9, the Maple Leafs have a chance to secure a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with just one point in tonight’s matchup against the Lightning.

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