Toronto vs Lake Erie - Nicolas Deschamps

So much can change in just six games.

When the Marlies departed Ricoh and took to the road, the opening of NHL training camp was yet to be confirmed. Keith Aucoin had yet to be called to camp, let alone collected off waivers by the New York Islanders organization. Ben Scrivens was starting in goal on a regular basis for the Toronto team, and the blue line was bolstered by Mike Kostka and Mark Fraser.

For Dallas Eakins, the Marlies’ bench boss now in his fourth year, change has become the one constant strung through his tenure with the team. The seasons have become full of additions and subtractions to the lineup, whether it be through injury, recall or acquisition. Perhaps one of the most valuable qualities of the coach could be his ability to adapt.

As the Toronto team rolls into Cleveland and prepares to conclude their six game road trip, the coach and the players alike look to continue their adaptation and build off their win against Hamilton last Saturday. Here are my notes ahead of the game:

  • Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) posted Wednesday that Korbinian Holzer had been reassigned to the Marlies as Jake Gardiner had been reactivated from injured reserve
  • The Marlies continue to be without defenceman Paul Ranger as he stays out of the lineup with an upper body injury
  • The Marlies announced Matt Frattin has been added to the AHL All-Star roster
  • Over the course of the road trip, Toronto’s powerplay has converted six times on 26 opportunities
  • Lake Erie comes into Thursday’s game after three straight road wins, but their 8 home victories on the season rank them 27th in the league
  • Marlies still sit first in the North Division while Lake Erie is only two points behind in third

As has been the custom recently, tune into all the action starting at 7pm on AHL Live as Jon Abbott will have the call from the Quicken Loans Arena. The audio feed is always free, but video will cost you a couple dollars.

#MarliesLive will start – as it always does – a few minutes after seven on twitter. Turn your attention there for highlights as they happen.

Find me on twitter (@chansler) as I try to bring you all lineup news and notes as they are released.

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10:36am:     Matt Frattin is in Toronto skating with the Maple Leafs ahead of their 7pm game against the New York Islanders.

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1:58pm:     Marlies lines ahead of Thursday’s game:

EXPECTED MARLIES LINEUP

IN GOAL: #40 Jussi Rynnas

FOWARD LINES
Ashton – Colborne – Scott
Hamilton – McKegg – Abbott
Deschamps – Connolly – Zigomanis
D’Amigo – Acton – Ryan

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Syvret – Holzer
Yeo – Gysbers
Mottau – Blacker

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