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Leafs recall Marincin; send Zaitsev to IR

This morning, the Maple Leafs placed top-4 defenseman Nikita Zaitsev on Injured Reserve with what they are calling a “lower body injury”. Here is the announcement from LeafsPR:

Martin Marincin has been recalled as his replacement, who has been excellent in the AHL, with 7 points in 18 games and playing a very effective game for Sheldon Keefe and the Marlies.

The injury to Zaitsev will likely see Connor Carrick returned to the lineup in his place, with Marincin on the roster as the 7th defenseman. It’ll be interesting to see if Roman Polak is elevated in the lineup to play with Gardiner, or if Carrick joins a familiar partner from last season, jumping him ahead of Polak in the depth chart. The Saturday morning practice lines indicate it will be Carrick in, not Marincin:

There is some question as to how Zaitsev received the injury, and Kristen Shilton has a good thought on when it might have occured:

 

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