EDMONTON — He scored a goal in his team debut and that earned forward Travis Boyd another look as the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Edmonton Oilers in the first of two consecutive games at Rogers Place.
“For him to step in and play the way the he did I thought was great,” Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said. “He’s scored at a lot of different levels and has found a way to produce at a very good clip in the NHL in limited time.”
Boyd scored Toronto’s third goal in a 4-3 win against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. The fourth line logged more ice time in that performance over any other game this season Boyd’s linemates will switch out as Jason Spezza and Alexander Barabanov draw back in and Pierre Engvall and Joey Anderson will be scratched.
“That was the best I felt about the fourth line to date,” Keefe said. “We’re still unsure about who the right guys are for that line so we’re going to keep moving things around.”
On defense, Travis Dermott will slot back into the left side of the bottom pairing alongside Zach Bogosian.
Mikko Lehtonen will come out of the lineup after logging a season-high 13:03 of ice time.
Dermott has no points in seven games this season.
There are no other changes to the lines or defense pairs.
The Leafs and Oilers split their first two games when the teams met last week. Toronto fell to Edmonton 3-1 on Jan. 20 before defeating them 4-2 on Jan. 22 with both games taking place at Scotiabank Arena.
Frederik Andersen will start in goal against the Oilers. He is 13-1-1 all-time against Edmonton with a .928 save percentage. He has four wins this season and is tied for the league lead.
Joseph Woll joined his teammates on the ice. He will be the team’s third goaltender while backup Jack Campbell recovers from a leg injury that occurred in the final minutes of the team’s 3-2 win against Flames on Sunday.
Michael Hutchinson dresses as the team’s backup tonight.