"Andrew Raycroft starts, Ben Ondrus is in the lineup, Wade Belak plays defence and [Jay] Harrison is out," the Maple Leafs head coach said Friday morning after spending a few minutes using words like "very probable" in his scrum after the game-day skate.The changes for Friday night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets were not surprising, except for Raycroft. The Leafs play back-to-back games on the road and at home, and there was some thought that Maurice would play backup goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin against the Blue Jackets and come back with Raycroft on Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre against the New York Rangers.
The Sens meanwhile are putting the dynamite to the 'big line' for tomorrow's game at home against the Devils:
Murray used Spezza on a line with Mike Fisher and Chris Neil on Friday in practice.
Heatley skated on a line with Chris Kelly and Antoine Vermette. Daniel Alfredsson was on the right wing with Patrick Eaves and Dean McAmmond.
A Quiet Girl suggested that after last Saturday's game:
They're too dependent on each other: Heatley, known for being a great playmaker before Spezza, is just a sniper leech and Spezza's lost all ability to shoot and looks for Heatley everywhere. Indulge me in this analogy: it's like an intense relationship, and when things are good, they're almost better people, but the more they're together, the more they forget who they are outside of the relationship. They're losing themselves.
Emery is back in net.