David Clarkson was forced to leave yesterday’s morning skate after pulling a leg muscle. The injury would be enough to keep him out of Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Troy Bodie slotted into Clarkson’s spot on the third line alongside Mason Raymond and Peter Holland. Bodie played excellent with that group, putting up two assists in the 3-2 overtime win against the Flyers.
Dave Bolland, since suffering a severed tendon on November 2 against the Vancouver Canucks, is still not feeling ready to make his return. Although it seems like Bolland is close, he still doesn’t feel 100% ready to get back into the lineup. Randy Carlyle stated that he hopes for Bolland to be back by the end of the Leafs’ upcoming five-game road trip, although that will be dependant on how Bolland progresses over the next week.
Colton Orr is currently dealing with an undisclosed injury that has kept him out of the last 7 games. Along with Bolland, Carlyle also hopes for Orr to be available by the end of the five-game road trip. Orr continues to skate, so it looks like the end of the road trip is a reasonable estimate for Orr’s return.