Kadri and Kessel? Not yet.

Maple Leafs fans might one day see Phil Kessel and Nazem Kadri as permanent linemates, but it won't...

Maple Leafs fans might one day see Phil Kessel and Nazem Kadri as permanent linemates, but it won't happen just yet. (MARK BLINCH/Reuters)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

As tempting as it is to call for the permanent union of Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel as linemates, you may want to hold off on calling it the Special K line.

Perhaps some day — but not just yet.

That said, don’t underestimate the significance of Leafs coach Randy Carlyle putting his two leading scorers on the same line for Thursday night’s 4-0 win in Florida as Tyler Bozak was scratched for what the team called “maintenance” purposes.

Yes, the pair clicked for two second-period Kessel goals, the first one on a nifty two-on-one as the Leafs made sure the second half of their Sunshine State visit was going to be a no-stress win.

Until Kadri gets stronger defensively and on faceoffs, it would be difficult to see Carlyle making it a regular thing, however. In certain situations putting Kessel and Kadri together is at least an option, but for now anyway, that’s likely the extent of it.

That said, hereís where the move Thursday night might have really paid off. With Kadri off form the past couple of weeks, putting him on the top line for a night was a sure way of lighting a fire under the centre and getting him going in the right direction heading into the playoffs. Not only did Kadri get a pair of assists, he was his usual feisty self and seemed energized. And as an added bonus, he had a rare winning night in the faceoff circle, taking seven of 12.

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