Jan. 29, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Kostka (53) against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Kostka Suffers Broken Finger

There was plenty of injury news today at Toronto Maple Leafs practice. Defenseman Mike Kostka suffered a broken finger in the team’s Game 1 loss to the Boston Bruins. Kostka’s finger was in a splint and he did not participate in the skate. He will be out for Game 2 on Saturday and either Jake Gardiner or Ryan O’Byrne will step into the lineup. Kostka had a rough opening game in the series as he finished with a minus-3 rating.

There is also the potential that both Gardiner and O’Byrne could draw in because Cody Franson has a bruised foot. Jonas Siegel of TSN reported that he was limping significantly today and there is no word on if he will be ready for Game 2. The good news for Toronto is that they have two days off in between games, which allows for an extra day to rest and heal injuries.

Speaking of rest, Phil Kessel also missed practice today, but that was just for maintenance. Kessel will be seeing plenty of Zdeno Chara throughout the series, so getting some extra time off could benefit him down the road.

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