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Jason Spezza will be just one of the changes Mike Babcock implements Friday night in Columbus, the Maple Leafs first road game of the regular season.
Spezza, whose benching in the home opener prompted chatter around town that the coach wasn’t on board with General Manager Kyle Dubas’s acquisition of the 36-year-old centre, repeated it’s all part of a pre-discussed rotation.
For Friday that will include Spezza for Nic Shore on the fourth line, call-up Nic Petan taking rookie Dmytro Timashov’s spot on the right side and Justin Holl getting in on defence as rookie Rasmus Sandin’s partner on the third pairing, bumping Martin Marincin.
“We start four in six (nights),” Babcock said. “You’re not a fan of that, but on the other hand, I’ll know a lot more in six days than I would if we played four (in 10). You’re trying to build confidence. At the start of the year, everyone is close to the same.”
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