Campbell of the Maple Leafs to rest another Friday as Woll starts against the Sharks

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Jack Campbell, who is emerging as a star in the Maple Leafs’ net, will watch Friday night in San Jose against the Sharks.

Joseph Woll will start for the third time in the National Hockey League as the Leafs aim for their 13th win in 15 games and their sixth straight road victory.

Woll just made a 20-save shutout against the New York Islanders on Sunday, a game in which he was calm and measured, and deserved a zero in the goals against column at the end of the night.

In 17 games, Campbell established himself as one of the best goalies in the National Hockey League in 2021-22. He was in serious contention to be named to the United States Olympic team, but the Leafs were also careful about managing his workload.

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Campbell did not practice Thursday at the SAP Center in San Jose, a day after making 30 saves in a 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Campbell is slated to be in net on Sunday when the Leafs face the Ducks in Anaheim to end their three-game swing in California.

Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe conceded that balancing Campbell’s formidable play, including a better NHL save percentage of .943 among goaltenders who have played at least six games, with rest n ‘ is not an easy thing.

“It’s a challenge,” Keefe said. “I don’t know if there is an actual threshold that you say is too much or the right amount, but it’s knowing that you have to give it time (off).

“It’s just the right thing to do and the smart thing to do, knowing how long the season is. Jack is in a great position when it comes to the way he manages his body and the way the medical team works with him.

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The fact that Campbell sits on a night that is not the second game in a row is also a testament to the Leafs’ confidence in Woll to some extent. In two games, the 23-year-old has proven to be more than competent.

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David Kampf was in his usual place at the center of the third line in practice after playing just 10 seconds against the Kings.

Kampf was taken out of play for precautionary reasons after receiving a blow to the head from Los Angeles striker Rasmus Kupari and awkwardly fell onto the ice.

“It was a good day for him so we’ll see how he’s doing (Friday) when he wakes up and comes to the rink,” Keefe said. “Call it a game time decision, I guess, but it was a very positive day for him.”

Ondrej Kase has not trained. Kase’s physical approach to every shift has taken its toll on his body, Keefe hinted, and although he called it a day of maintenance for the winger, he said the team would have a better idea of ​​Kase’s status on Friday.

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With Kase out, Wayne Simmonds was in line with Kampf and Nick Ritchie. In the fourth row, Kirill Semyonov crossed Pierre Engvall and Jason Spezza.

RALLY FOR RITCHIE

Ritchie managed to play the first quarter of the season scoreless, and his teammates would love nothing more than to see the great winger finally bury a chance.

In the first 21 games, Ritchie had three assists and 34 shots on goal.

He provided a perfect screen on a Spezza goal in Los Angeles, a decision that has become a topic of discussion among his teammates.

“I think it shows that his teammates care about him and appreciate who he is, he gives us value,” Keefe said. “You can imagine what he could go through mentally (without scoring). I think he handled it really well.

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“We won a lot of games which helped take the pressure off Nick.

“Our team don’t necessarily need him to score, we would like him to score and he can. I firmly believe that once he scores it will open up for him. He’s a guy who has the ability to score big goals for us at great times, and I think he’s going to come.

Ritchie, who scored a career-high 15 goals in 56 games with the Boston Bruins last season but didn’t receive a qualifying offer, doesn’t seem too bothered.

“We are winning a lot of hockey games and that’s our goal right now,” said Ritchie. “If I score a goal, that would be good. Winning is more important.

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BULK SHEETS

The Leafs were going to celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States with a team dinner at their hotel on Thursday… Keefe said he would use the same defense group against the Sharks, which means Travis Dermott will sit for the fourth consecutive match. “He just has to find a way to stay sharp and ready,” Keefe said. “We believe having seven defenders who can play is a strength for us at this point. … Mitch Marner leads the NHL forwards with 25 to take. was charged with 27 gifts, one less than Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry, who heads the NHL. Auston Matthews’ 34 missed shots are mostly in the NHL.

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