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Sheldon Keefe chooses his starter for Playoffs with recent decision


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Julien Trekker
April 11, 2024  (11:09)
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Toronto Maple Leafs' head coach Sheldon Keefe in a post-game press conference.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs' head coach, Sheldon Keefe, appears to have chosen his starting goalie for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

With only four games remaining on the Leafs' calendar, the coming week should give us a great idea of what to expect on the ice for the start of the Playoffs.
Now could be the last time to put the number one goalie between the pipes before the start of the playoffs. Considering that teams often like to let players rest in the last few games of the year, at least to avoid injuries, it would make sense for a playoff starting goalie to play the next game but sit out for the rest of them.
Keefe announced that Ilya Samsonov will get the start tonight.
With Joseph Woll and Martin Jones ready to step in, and Matt Murray on the verge of making a comeback, Samsonov, the unofficial number one in Toronto, could play his last game of the season tonight, against the New Jersey Devils.
Per Mark Masters:
"Ilya Samsonov is the first goalie off at Leafs skate.

Gets the start tonight against New Jersey."

Samsonov showed great talent in last year's playoffs, and unless he gets injured, it would make sense to see him between the pipes for the first round.
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