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Carlyle not sticking with status quo as Leafs open season with three wins

Monday, 10.07.2013 / 11:45 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Carlyle not sticking with status quo as Leafs open season with three wins

TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs may juggle their lines this week even though they have opened the regular season with three straight victories.

Coach Randy Carlyle made some changes at practice Monday as the team prepares for three games against Western Conference opponents. He went back to what worked in Saturday's 5-4 shootout victory over the Ottawa Senators and made a few other tweaks to his lineup.

Joffrey Lupul, Dave Bolland and Mason Raymond practised together and are expected to play on a line Tuesday against the Colorado Avalanche. The line was put together midway through the Ottawa game.

Nazem Kadri will likely play on the third line with Jay McClement and Troy Bodie.

Also Monday, the Leafs recalled forwards Trevor Smith and Jamie Devane from the AHL's Toronto Marlies.

Devane made his NHL debut Saturday, while Smith — the Marlies' captain — had three goals and two assists over two AHL games over the weekend.

Smith centred the fourth line of Carter Ashton and Colton Orr in practice.

Carlyle said Jonathan Bernier's perfect relief outing "makes it easier" when deciding who to start in goal moving forward, making it likely that Bernier gets the nod over James Reimer on Tuesday.

The Leafs aren't expected to make any changes to the defensive pairings they used against Ottawa.

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