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With Gardiner out of the lineup, talented forward Nazem Kadri will have to take on a little more of the scoring burden for the Marlies.
Toronto has won four of its last five games and play Rochester on Saturday, who the Marlies have defeated twice this month.
Kadri has three goals and two assists in the Marlies' last three games versus the Americans, and is starting to play well consistently in December, which is very encouraging.
Here are his stats in December through four games:
|Opponent ||G ||A ||+/-
|Rochester Americans ||2 ||0 ||1
|Lake Erie Monsters ||1 ||0 ||1
|Rochester Americans ||1 ||2 ||1
|Abbotsford Heat ||0 ||0 ||-2
|Totals ||4 ||2 ||1
The patience Kadri has been displaying in the attacking zone recently has been impressive. He's not forcing anything, which is limiting his mistakes and helping him make better decisions with the puck.
We all know Kadri will get another shot to make the Leafs if the lockout ends, but if you want to judge his readiness purely based on his performance for the Marlies this season, it's clear that he deserves another opportunity in the NHL.