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“He makes life easier when he’s around in terms of how he plays and how he communicates…these two guys in John and Will are calm”

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Toronto Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe

After practice on Sunday, coach Sheldon Keefe discussed the Tavares-O’Reilly-Nylander line as well as the situation for Kali Garnekrock and Matt Murray ahead of the final three games of the season.

Training lines – April 9th

What are the odds of hitting players Kali Garnekrock and Matt Murray on their wild ride?

qualitative: Jarnkrok had an MRI yesterday, and the results were good. He will stay day to day, but he will travel with us and you may see him on the ice tomorrow, if not the day after. Is it closing.

No change in Murray’s status. At this point he will not be traveling with us.

Without Murray, would you expect Joseph Wall to join you on this wild ride?

qualitative: I’m not quite sure. There is a lot going on with that. The state of the table is up in the air at this point in terms of what it will look like.

At best, will she face Ilya Samsonov twice in the last three?

qualitative: We’ll see. We’ll talk to him. This is really where we are. We’ll see where he stands with the rest of the gear in terms of rust type and get an idea of ​​his expectations and what he feels most comfortable with. This includes tomorrow’s game.

We’ll look into that and talk to him. He was skiing alone, so his workload was lighter [on Sunday]But we will talk to him and make a plan.

Does the four-day rest period before the start of rehabilitation influence load management decisions? That’s a huge gap before you start.

qualitative: completely. It’s a longer break than men are used to. There is plenty of time for anything that might be painful to heal on its own and to feel 100% through it.

At the same time, if you stretch those boundaries even further, you start to enter the zone where there is no more tempo. It’s all part of it.

The salary cap and the list itself would be restrictive as to what we could do anyway. We only focus on the upcoming matches. We’ll make decisions one game at a time.

Why do you think Ryan O’Reilly could complement John Tavares and William Nylander?

qualitativeHe’s obviously a really good player, but he’s also a guy who I think makes life easier when he’s there in terms of how he plays and how he communicates on the bench and on the ice.

Those guys John and Will are silent. These are the guys who talk on the ice while playing. Sometimes, especially when you start to get into your head when things aren’t going so well, [it’s good] Having someone who can help you move forward.

I thought that line was cool. I thought Willy had his best game in a long time. He deserved a lot more goals than he did, but it will make him want to come back. He should be happy with the way he competed and played. I thought John played a really strong game.

It was a good night for us in many ways. Tomorrow night’s match will be a different beast in terms of emotion, intensity of the match and what’s at stake for the opposition. This will be another opportunity for us to test all of these things.

Can you get a call from Ryan O’Reilly when you’re on the bench?

qualitative: Yes. It is very clear and very clear. It is important and brings a lot to our group.

What do you think of the William Nylander game at the moment since there has been a bit of tinkering lately?

qualitative: [Saturday] Tonight was a good indication that he was happy to make his way there. I thought it was phenomenal. He would take the men one-on-one. He was skating in traffic. He skated through the fights and stood on the other side to get a stick and shoot.

In the powerplay he did what I want him to do when he was on the ice with this group, which is take charge and shoot the puck. One of the tape tore. You want to see it for him, but that’s the mentality. When Willie is at his best, that’s what he brings.

We’ve seen it [Saturday] a night. I’ve seen signs of this in other games. It was a good night for a guy like him to really get together and pick up on that swagger a little bit. He should feel good there.

Things did not go well for him. He recognizes him, but we have to help him through this ordeal. Sometimes we change the mix up a bit – like we did [Saturday] An evening with friends and a strong play – it can work to your advantage.

What did you like about the Supreme Power Unit on Saturday night?

qualitativeWe scored four goals. I love that.

Some of them were some kind of broken toys that found their way. Do you like it.

I thought the band had a little swagger. It was important for us to bring them a few touches together. We were lucky because we had several power plays.

At this point in the season, you have two powerhouses who haven’t spent a second together. You want to give them a reputation. We had a number of power plays to get them to work in the game.

I thought the guys were moving the disc really well. There were some interesting nuances to the way Montreal kills that differ from what you see in other opponents. They had to adapt to get there. I thought they communicate well and took control of the ice with that.

Is it more about the experience or is it something you plan to take forward?

qualitativekisa: I won’t try anything I don’t think of. I think they go together.

What do you expect in tomorrow’s game against a Florida team in the middle of a playoff round?

qualitativeIt’s a team that plays hockey well. They are desperate. It is important in the standings not only for Florida, but also for the other teams it competes against.

It is a game where we know we will get the best. This will be a difficult building to play.

For all of these reasons, it’s something the team will be interested in. it is good. We want to play competitive games.

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