I’ve had an absolutely murderous day at work, so this is going to be short and not so sweet. After last night’s thrilling win over the last place Panthers and their backup goalie Scott Clemmensen, it was announced this morning that third line forward Colby Armstrong will miss 4-6 weeks with a hand injury incurred by a slash from Chris Higgins. Can’t really complain about the missed call since Grabbo murdered Dmitry Kulikov with a hit from behind and Colton Orr flattened Clemmensen to score the game-winning goal.
Luca Caputi will take Armstrong’s spot on the 3rd line, and should have a great opportunity to prove he’s ready for sustained NHL duty over the next month or so. Losing Armstrong certainly isn’t a good thing, but I thought Caputi looked great in preseason and am excited to see him get another shot. One other note from Leafs’ practice today – Kris Versteeg, who led the team in shots last night despite being demoted to the 2nd line, was held out of practice with a sore back, but is not expected to miss any games.
Losing Armstrong makes last night’s win a little bittersweet, but I’m still glad the Buds managed to pull out the win last night. Tomorrow night’s game against the Bruins should be interesting, since I’m wondering if Kessel’s new re-found starpower will finally carry over against his old team.