I said it at the end of October, talking about the upcoming month of November – “given the Leafs’ current state of affairs, you’d have to be happy coming away with 7 or 8 wins, and it’s not out of the realm of possibility to expect as many as 9 or 10.” Well, turns out maybe it was out of the realm of possibility to expect 9 or 10 wins, since the Buds would have to tear off a 6-game win streak to reach 9 wins for the month. With home games against Boston and Washington sandwiched around a four game road trip through Tampa Bay, Carolina, Dallas and Anaheim, that looks highly unlikely to say the least. Throw in the fact that the Leafs’ injury list is longer than Kirstie Alley’s grocery list and things look pretty bleak in Toronto right now. (If at any point in the last three seasons, the Leafs were sitting in 2nd in the division and 6th in the East, I would have been jumping for joy – just goes to show you what myself and the rest of Leaf Nation expects from this team) Make the jump for a look at who the Leafs will be missing for the next few weeks.
- James Reimer made us all a little happier yesterday when it was reported that he was finally back on the ice, doing some basic drills with goaltending coach Francois Allaire. According to Ron Wilson, he’s still about 7-10 days from playing, and we’ll have to hope those concussion-like symptoms haven’t prohibited him from keeping up his conditioning. The Leafs could sorely use the calming presence that the sophomore netminder obviously brings to the club.
- Mikhail Grabovski is out for at least a couple weeks with a leg injury. His linemate Clarke MacArthur is day-to-day with one of those ubiquitous upper-body injuries, and will most likely miss tonight’s tilt against the Capitals. If anything, this will give Wilson an excuse to find some new line combinations, since the MGK line had been coming up dry pretty much all month long.
- Matthew Lombardi can’t seem to catch a break, as he stunned us all with his early return from last season’s concussion and has played tolerably well. He’ll be out 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury.
- Mike Komisarek, who had finally seemed to find his stride this season, broke his arm on Thursday in Nashville, and will miss at least 8 weeks, finally giving Cody Franson a chance to show us all what he’s got on a consistent basis. Expect to see either Keith Aulie or Korbinian Holzer called up as the team’s healthy scratch/7th defenseman.
- Colby Armstrong remains on injured reserve with a sprained ankle. Still no timetable on his return, but since he’s been out a month, you’d hope to see him back at least by December.
- Grinder Mike Brown is doubtful for Saturday’s game, as he battles “general soreness.”
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