Columbus serves 6.5 penalty minutes per game, the least in the Eastern Conference.
Even if the scary nature of Muzzin's exit turns out to be precautionary, the Leafs may need to finish this series against the Blue Jackets without him lining up on their matchup pairing with Justin Holl.
"Dermott is evolving and taking on more as it comes".
Muzzin suffered a suspected head-neck injury after a Pierre-Luc Dubois cross check late in the game.
Shut out in Game 1 by Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo, and with an impatient fan base wringing its hands at the thought of another early post-season exit, the Leafs got goals from Auston Matthews and captain John Tavares in a textbook victory on Tuesday, beating the Jackets 3-0 at Scotiabank Arena.
Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin left the ice on a stretcher with less than two minutes remaining in Game 2, following a headfirst collision into the legs of Columbus forward Oliver Bjorkstrand. Muzzin eventually was taken off the ice on a stretcher and to hospital.
Should he recover this postseason, Muzzin would need to quarantine before coming back to the National Hockey League bubble. "I think our chemistry together is really good. He has played in these games before, so that will be missed".
During Wednesday's practice session, Blue Jackets PR reported that Markus Nutivaara had moved up into his spot in the top six during line rushes, while Kukan skated on the extra pair with Scott Harrington. "So we're really thinking about him and making sure all the right steps are taken and hopefully he'll recover soon". "He doesn't replace Muzz and all the intangibles, but there are some elements, in particular the penalty killing and the size, in terms of what he can provide".
Protocol dictates that the NHL Event Medical Director has final say on that, although a source suggested that public health authorities would ultimately make the call based on how long he was gone, where he went and how much coronavirus risk he was exposed to.
Dermott will have to continue that theme starting on Thursday.
When asked what his club needs to do differently so the Leafs are forced to defend more, Tortorella didn't dive into his bag of secrets.
"(We're going to) see if we can tweak a few things to give us a little more success and give us more options on ours", Foligno said of the power play.
Foligno and Riley Nash each had three shots in Game 2, leading all Columbus skaters.
"I like it a lot", he said. "Listen, we're going to prepare to play the game".