With several players on the limp, Toronto made a pair of recalls on Monday by bringing up defenseman Korbinian Holzer and forward David Booth from the Marlies.
Holzer, 26, is back in the mix following Roman Polak’s injury on Saturday against Detroit. While it’s not known exactly what’s ailing Polak, Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle said the Czech rearguard would “be out for a while” after getting tangled with Tomas Tatar.
Holzer has 24 games of NHL experience on his resume, but has yet to play for the Leafs this season.
As for Booth, he’ll look to debut this week after missing all of the season with a broken foot suffered during the exhibition campaign. The 30-year-old, who inked a one-year deal this summer after spending the last few years in Vancouver, heads back to Toronto after a successful conditioning stint with the Marlies, in which he scored once in two games.
The Leafs have been thinned-out up front with injuries to Joffrey Lupul and Brandon Kozun, along with the suspension to Carter Ashton.
As for Wednesday’s game against Pittsburgh, the likely candidates to come out for Booth would be either Richard Panik or Josh Leivo, both of whom got less than seven minutes of ice against the Red Wings on Saturday.
The Ottawa Senators got off to a 4-1-0 start this season, but they’ve been slipping since then. Sunday night was their latest setback as they suffered a 5-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Toronto was outshot 41-30 tonight, but goaltender James Reimer stood tall once again. He’s faced an average of about 35 shots per 60 minutes this season, but has kept the Leafs in contests with his .925 save percentage.
The Maple Leafs also displayed some impressive offensive depth tonight as Peter Holland, Josh Leivo, and Mike Santorelli each found the back of the net.
Ottawa has now won just three of its last nine contests. The Maple Leafs have captured 11 of a possible 14 points over their last seven games.
The Maple Leafs will look to extend their winning streak to three games on Wednesday against Boston (8:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN).
The Toronto Maple Leafs recalled forward Josh Leivo from the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies the club announced Friday.
The Leafs are without forwards Joffrey Lupul (hand), Brandon Kozun (ankle) and David Booth (foot), who are on injured reserve.
Carter Ashton was suspended 20 games for violating the league’s substance abuse program on Thursday and Daniel Winnik’s health is in question, following the hit he received in Colorado last night.
Leivo, 21, has appeared in eight games with the Marlies this season scoring a goal and adding three assists. He started the with the Leafs, but due to a foot injury, did not play.
With the addition of Leivo, Toronto now has 22 players on its’ active roster.
The Leafs entertain the New York Rangers on Saturday night.