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Maple Leafs’ Ondrej Kase has not played since March 19

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There is bound to be one lineup wrinkle for the Maple Leafs in Game 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Winger Ondrej Kase, who has not played since March 19 when he suffered a concussion against Nashville, skated on the second line with centre John Tavares and Ilya Mikheyev at practice on Sunday.

Michael Bunting, who suffered a suspected leg injury against Florida on April 23, participated before leaving midway through practice. 

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“Kase looks close,” Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said. “We’re going to make a decision on him (Monday). I’d call it a game-time decision. 

“Bunting also is close. We wanted to see how he responded. I would say he’s doubtful for (Game 1), but we certainly expect to see him in the series.”

Defenceman Rasmus Sandin, who suffered a knee injury in that March 19 game against the Predators, is on the cusp of being ready to possibly return. He formed the fourth pair on Sunday with Justin Holl.

“He’s close, but he hasn’t had enough of a workload for me to consider him an option at this point,” Keefe said of Sandin.


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