What happens with Muzzin out?
It would seem very unlikely that Muzzin will be capable of playing in Game 3 and probably Game 4. Even if his tests come back positive, the Leafs defenceman will have to adhere to the NHL’s policy regarding players re-entering the bubble and needing to get clearance to return through testing.
Obviously, the Leafs will take every precaution with Muzzin considering how serious the situation looked. There is not an easy solution when it comes to replacing what he brings but this is not a situation the Leafs haven’t faced.
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Earlier in the season, the 31-year-old broke a knuckle in his hand after blocking a shot and the Leafs had to deal with his absence. Travis Dermott was called upon to take Muzzin’s role with Justin Holl and saw a significant increase in his ice time.
Dermott didn’t seem phased by the challenge and will likely be asked to replicate what he did at the time but this will be a bit easier than that since the Leafs were also dealing with Morgan Rielly and Cody Ceci being out of the lineup.
There will be some debating of who gets the call from the press box and draw into the lineup. Many would like to see Rasmus Sandin be brought in but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Martin Marincin either because the Leafs will want someone that can play on the penalty kill.
Regardless of who gets chosen, Dermott will have the spotlight on him going forward whether fair or not and the Leafs have to hope that Muzzin’s absence won’t be a massive void.
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