Skip to Main Content

Maple Leafs' Greening makes case for future

Hopes to stay on scoring roll with Blue Jackets next

by Mike Brophy / Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (31-40-8) at MAPLE LEAFS (28-40-11)

TV: 7 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, FS-O, NHL.TV

TORONTO - Colin Greening will be looking to continue his scoring streak when the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Columbus Blue Jackets at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday.

Greening scored two goals in the Maple Leafs 4-3 loss to the Florida Panthers on Monday and had a goal in Toronto's 3-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

"I have always told myself if you do the right things, good things will happen," Greening said. "Sometimes that's easier said than done and sometimes it's hard to believe, but my results in the past two games kind of make you believe it is true."

Greening, 30, joined the Maple Leafs on Feb. 9 as part of the multi-player trade that sent Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf to the Ottawa Senators. In 27 games with Toronto, the 6-foot-2, 212-pound left wing has six goals and seven assists.

"I hope I have been showing the organization what they can expect from me," Greening said. "I just wanted to show Toronto I can complement the younger players that are coming up."

Toronto coach Mike Babcock said Greening, like all the Maple Leafs, will be evaluated over the summer to decide where he'll fit in next season.

"We'll figure out what everyone's role is over the next four months," Babcock said. "[Greening] has played well. He is a big body who shoots the puck real hard. He plays simple, gets to the net and he has been good for us. And he's a good guy."

The Blue Jackets have lost five of their past six games. Like Toronto, Columbus has been auditioning young players to see where they might fit in next season.

Coach John Tortorella has been very pleased with the play of third-year pro Boone Jenner, tied for second in scoring for Columbus with 48 points (30 goals, 18 assists).

"Boone Jenner plays the game the right way," Tortorella said. "We're fortunate to have him on our team, especially with the youth we have because they don't have to look too far. They just have to look on our bench and see how he handles himself. He has some old-school habits. He brings everything. He's not a guy who skates on top of the ice; he's in the ice when he's skating."

Tortorella said veteran Scott Hartnell will play against Toronto after being a healthy scratch against the New York Rangers on Monday. Hartnell has one goal and is minus-10 in his past 13 games.

Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will start.

Here are the projected lineups:


Brandon Dubinsky  - Boone Jenner - Cam Atkinson

Brandon Saad  - Alexander Wennberg  - Oliver Bjorkstrand

Matt Calvert - William Karlsson  - Josh Anderson

Scott Hartnell - Gregory Campbell  - Nick Foligno

Ryan Murray  - Seth Jones

Dean KukanDavid Savard

Justin Falk - Dalton Prout

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched: Rene Bourque

Injuries: Jack Johnson  (shoulder), Curtis McElhinney (knee), David Clarkson  (lower body), Fedor Tyutin (lower body), Cody Goloubef (oblique)


Tobias LindbergTyler Bozak  - Kasperi Kapanen

Colin Greening  - William Nylander  - PA Parenteau

Sam Carrick - Byron Froese  - Brad Boyes

Brooks Laich - Frederik Gauthier - Michael Grabner

Morgan Rielly  - Martin Marincin

Jake Gardiner  - Frank Corrado

Andrew Campbell - T.J. Brennan

Garret Sparks

Jonathan Bernier

Injured: Leo Komarov  (lower body), Peter Holland  (upper body), Nikita Soshnikov (upper body), Matt Hunwick  (sports hernia), James van Riemsdyk  (foot), Joffrey Lupul  (sports hernia), Stephane Robidas (knee), Viktor Loov (upper body), Milan Michalek  (knee)
Scratched: None

Suspended: Nazem Kadri

Status report: The Blue Jackets assigned left wing Sonny Milano to Lake Erie of the American Hockey League, and recalled Falk and Anderson from Lake Erie on emergency basis. Falk is expected to play in place of Goloubef, who sustained an oblique injury in a 3-2 loss against the Rangers on Monday. … The Maple Leafs recalled Carrick from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL and sent left wing Rich Clune to the Marlies. … Komarov and Holland practiced Tuesday, but are not expected to play against Columbus. … Sparks (6-7-1, 2.80, .897) will start for the Maple Leafs.

Who's hot: Nylander has a goal and two assists in his past two games. … Atkinson has a goal and two assists in four games. Saad has four goals in three games. Jenner has five goals in seven games. Savard has four assists in three games.

View More