DeBrusk in, Kadri out: Maple Leafs look for redemption in game 3

The Boston Bruins were embarrassed in game 1. The Toronto Maple Leafs were embarrassed in game 2. If the two continue to trade ‘punches’, game 3 will be Toronto’s to take.

On Saturday night, Nazem Kadri and Jake DeBrusk provided us with a few select memories that are best forgotten, along with a tough 4-1 loss. Alas, the buds are coming home. Everything will be okay, I promise.

Toronto is bringing a 1-1 series back to Scotiabank Arena, which shouldn’t be taken lightly. Considering fellow fanbases labelled the series as an inevitable sweep (in Boston’s favour), splitting the big bad Bruins at home puts the Leafs in good standing.

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without Nazem Kadri tonight. Mike Babcock’s line combinations have embraced that fact. According to the Daily Faceoff, William Nylander will fill in as Toronto’s third line centre.

It is amusing, however, listening to those who believe Toronto will struggle massively without their third line centre. Kadri is a force to be reckoned with in his own way, but losing him won’t decide the series by any means.

We can only assume Jake DeBrusk will receive some backlash at the hands of a hyped up Toronto crowd, and rightfully so. Both DeBrusk and Kadri will pay their dues in that sense.

If history continues to repeat itself, a new feud will brew and there will be a plethora of fist-to-face contact. While we may be in for another wild ride in game 3, let’s hope it ends in a Toronto Maple Leafs win.

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