According to Mike Babcock, Leo Komarov is healthy enough to play in Wednesday’s decisive Game 7 in Boston. That said, Babcock isn’t sure whether or not the gritty, veteran winger will be inserted back into the lineup.
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Komarov has played two games in the playoffs this year. He hasn’t recorded a point and owns a 35.71 Corsi For percentage at even strength. Komarov was injured in Game 2 after suffering a “lower body” injury in a hit with Kevan Miller.
As effective as Komarov can be as a pest, it’s extremely difficult to rationalize tinkering with a lineup that’s won back-to-back games against the Bruins while on the brink of elimination. I mean, who would you take out of the lineup? Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen have both brought an element of speed and skill that makes Toronto’s attack deeper. Throwing a rusty Komarov into the lineup at the expense of one of those two players doesn’t make sense at this point.