Komarov out, Plekanec promoted as Leafs face pivotal Game 3
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Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock is shaking things up down the middle for a pivotal Game 3 against the Boston Bruins.

Winless in the series and without Nazem Kadri (suspension) and Leo Komarov (injury), Babcock's decided to insert Dominic Moore as the fourth-line center and bump Tomas Plekanec to the second line.

Komarov suffered a lower-body injury in Game 2, and Babcock offered an update on his status Monday:

Here's how the forward units looked at the morning skate, according to TSN's Kristen Shilton:

  • Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
  • Patrick Marleau - Plekanec - Mitch Marner
  • James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Connor Brown
  • Andreas Johnsson - Moore - Kasperi Kapanen

Plekanec is very familiar with Patrice Bergeron after many battles during his time in Montreal, and perhaps Babcock is counting on the former Canadien to help shut down Boston's formidable top line.

In 19 games with the Leafs, Plekanec has recorded two assists.

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