Jan 31, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) drives to the net as Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Carl Gunnarsson (36) defends at the Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Capitals 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Injury Update

Mike Brown

Brown injured his shoulder last week against the Buffalo Sabres during a fight with Mike Weber. He hasn’t played since, but did practice with the team in Winnipeg on Thursday and seems close to returning. Depending on how he feels tomorrow, there is a chance he could go against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Carl Gunnarsson

Gunnarsson’s injury seems a little more perplexing. He is dealing with what is believed to be a groin/hip injury that flared up prior to Toronto’s 1-0 loss to the Boston Bruins last Saturday. The frustrating thing for Gunnarsson is that doctors haven’t even been able to pin point the exact nature of the injury as of yet. The Swedish defenseman has been struggling to make sense of something that can feel fine one day after working out, but then all of a sudden feel worse a day later. Groin injuries can often take significant time to heal, and although he also skated yesterday, Gunnarsson’s return is probably not imminent.

Joffrey Lupul

Lupul is still looking at at least another month out of action after suffering a fractured forearm against the Pittsburgh Penguins a few weeks ago. This injury is arguably the one that is hurting the Leafs the most because it is clear Phil Kessel misses playing alongside Lupul. However, since Lupul got hurt Matt Frattin has stepped into the line-up and performed admirably. So there is at least that silver lining to be thankful for. The problem with injuries and this shortened season is someone like Lupul is going to miss almost 50% of the campaign by the time he checks back into the line-up.

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