Maple Leafs swap out Niagara Falls native for Thorold defenceman in game against Sharks
Published November 30, 2022 at 12:42 pm
When Niagara Falls native Mac Holloway made his debut on right defence one week ago for the Toronto Maple Leafs, he got to see the team begin a four-game winning streak up close and personal.
In fact, he notched his first NHL point, assisting on an Auston Matthews goal during the team’s 4-2 win over Detroit on Monday (November 28).
Twice during that four-game win streak, the Leafs have snapped a two separate squad’s undefeated streaks, stopping the New Jersey Devils at 13 games on November 23 and the Detroit Red Wings at four straight on November 28.
This prompted Matthews to good-humouredly tell Holloway that he was undefeated thus far in the NHL.
Holloway’s four-game run will end tonight as the Leafs host the San Jose Sharks and he gets swapped out for Thorold native Conor Timmins, who will also play the right side of the third defensive pairing with Jordie Benn.
At the moment, the Maple Leafs defensive squad has been rocked with injuries. Jake Muzzin is out with a neck injury that could spell the end of his career while Morgan Rielly is also on long-term injured reserve with a serious knee injury. T.J. Brodie is also out with an injured oblique.
It is unknown which of the Niagara pair will be in that third defensive pairing will be standing beside Benn during the next Leafs’ game on December 3 in Tampa Bay.
Thorold native Conor Timmins and former Phoenix Coyote defenceman will play the right side of the Maple Leafs’ third defensive pairing with Jordie Benn against San Jose in Toronto tonight.
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