October 18, 2010
Leafs make change on D
By DAVE HILSON, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Nobody likes to mess with success, so it’s not surprising that the 4-0 Maple Leafs are pretty much staying the course when they take on the New York Islanders on Monday night at the Air Canada Centre.
However, Leafs coach Ron Wilson did confirm speculation that Brett Lebda would step in to replace Carl Gunnarsson on the blue line against the 2-1-2 Islanders.
“I don’t think we anticipated him struggling the way he has, but maybe a little rest will do him some good,” Wilson said of Gunnarsson, who only logged six minutes 13 seconds of ice time and was a minus-1 in Friday night’s overtime victory against the New York Rangers.
Lebda, who will be playing his first game as a Leaf after recovering from a shoulder injury, will be paired with Mike Komisarek.
Wilson told media after the Leafs pre-game skate on Monday morning that he expects Lebda, who was a free-agent signing in the off-season from the Detroit Red Wings, to “get out of danger quickly, (and to) get the puck into the forwards’ hands as quickly as possible.”
As well as the Leafs looking to improve on their best start since 1993, Clarke MacArthur will be trying to continue his torrid scoring pace. MacArthur leads the Leafs with five goals and six points in four games.