Leafs Make Decision On Matthew Knies With Michael Bunting Eligible To Return

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe is facing a tough decision ahead of Game 5 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Winger Michael Bunting, who was suspended for three games following an illegal check to the head of Lightning defenceman Erik Cernak in Game 1, is now available to play.

However, rookie forward Matthew Knies has impressed in his three playoff games with the team and will definitely remain in the lineup, according to Keefe.

The Maple Leafs have won all three games with Knies in the lineup, which has made Keefe's decision even more complicated. Additionally, other players like Alexander Kerfoot and Noel Acciari have also contributed to the team's success.

While Keefe has no issue trusting Bunting's talent, the recent success of the team with the current lineup complicates the decision. Ultimately, Keefe will need to carefully consider his options before making a decision.

The Maple Leafs hold a 3-1 lead in the series and could advance to the second round with a win in Game 5 on Thursday. Photo Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports