More time for Campbell with sick Mrazek

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Jack Campbell is working once again without a proven safety net.

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Already starting nine of the Maple Leafs’ 12 games counting Saturday night against the Bruins, it looks like Soupy will lean on even more. The club sent Petr Mrazek to the doctor on Saturday to have his groin injury reassessed after coach Sheldon Keefe said the Leafs’ new plug “modified” it in recent days.

Mrazek, who was well enough to back Campbell on Thursday, will be replaced for now by Joseph Woll, called up from the Marlies and who has yet to play an NHL game.

“We’ll know more tomorrow,” Keefe said. “It just didn’t feel right.”

This time, the Leafs weren’t on a salary cap that last month forced them to risk using University of Toronto free-agent goalkeeper Alex Bishop. Woll, a third-round pick in 2016, has played three games for the Marlies this year, that team primarily going with newcomer Erik Kallgren so far in his AHL season.

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“We think it’s a very good opportunity for Woll to come in and be with our group,” Keefe said.

It will be Campbell against Linus Ullmark at the Boston net for the Bruins’ first visit here in nearly two years. Campbell is sixth in goal average against the NHL at 1.86.

“I wouldn’t call (Campbell’s workload) a concern because he’s been pretty healthy,” Keefe said. “We managed to do well (balancing) the days off and the days of practice. The schedule has been pretty good, there will be no back-to-back games until the end of next week. We feel very comfortable with Jack. “

Center Auston Matthews praised the work Campbell has done over the past two years to make himself indispensable to the Leafs.

“He’s an amazing guy,” said Matthews, accepting that Campbell could be considered for a spot with him on Team USA at the 2022 Olympics.

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Down the hall, Boston is evaluating what it has in goal with Tuukka Rask injured until at least Christmas, if he does come back and Jaroslav Halak is gone. Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman have divided duties, but with eight games, the league’s lowest. Coach Bruce Cassidy does not yet have enough data to designate a starter.

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“It’s coming,” Cassidy said. “At the beginning of the year, our numbers (of goals against) deviated, there were some funny ones that entered. Ullmark (a former Saber) has progressively improved as camp progressed and probably had his best game (beating Detroit on Thursday). We are alternating now to get internal competition and that has affected their ability to stay alert. “

Patrice Bergeron doesn’t have to worry about that, hitting four against the Red Wings and is sure to neutralize his own Toronto lead in the fighting circle. Keefe noted that having two veteran centers in their 30s like Bergeron and Jason Spezza on his team gives both clubs an advantage.

“That’s very important, especially both of us being right-handed,” Keefe said. “They are harder to find, we all have left-handed centers in addition to Spez.

“Bergeron has been doing that for a long time, the league class in that regard.”

The Boston captain stated that it was a relief to be back in Canada for a game, dining on the road with his teammates and renewing a latent rivalry with the Leafs.

“Go back to regular divisions, travel, be able to go out,” Bergeron said. “It feels normal.”

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