Maple Leafs' Mitch Marner Nearing Return

The Toronto Maple Leafs are gearing up for a big contest against the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow night (April 6). With the Tampa Bay Lightning being just two points behind them for the third-place spot in the Atlantic Division, they will be looking to secure the win. Luckily for them, it appears that one of their top stars will be returning for it.

At the Maple Leafs' team practice today, star forward Mitch Marner was a full participant. This is notable, as it is an indicator that the Maple Leafs are preparing to activate him off of long-term injured reserve.

Marner, 26, was seen skating on the Maple Leafs' second line with John Tavares and Bobby McMann. This is certainly a different spot for Marner, as he is well known for playing on Auston Matthews' line. However, with Tyler Bertuzzi and Max Domi working nicely with Matthews as of late, it is understandable that the Leafs are keeping them together, at least for now. 

Getting Marner back will be huge for the Maple Leafs, as he is one of their best players. He not only provides them with plenty of offense but is also a key player because of his strong defensive play. 

In 62 games this season, Marner has 25 goals to go along with 76 points and a plus-20 rating.

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