With only six games left in the regular season for the Toronto Maple Leafs, there are still quite a few players on the medical watch; some could play before the end of the season, some we won’t see until the fall.
Matt Frattin – The rookie remains day-to-day with a lower body injury, which is really a twisted ankle. 50-50 chance Frattin will return before the end of the season.
Joffrey Lupul – Lupul separated his shoulder during a game on March the 6th against the Boston Bruins. Lupul was hit from behind into the boards by David Krejci during the second period. It was estimated that Lupul was going to be out of the line-up 3-4 weeks, which would make his return right at the end of the season, but there is still with a chance that Lupul will not return at all this season.
Clarke MacArthur – An upper-body injury has resulted in MacArthur missing two games for the Maple Leafs. MacArthur’s upper-body injury is really a shoulder injury.
“It was one of the battle drills in practice,” said MacArthur. “I got tangled in a stick and fell right not on it. Just bad luck. It’s the second or third time I’ve done that. Time for a new pair of shoulder pads.”
Expect MacArthur to return for the Tuesday game against Carolina Hurricanes or the Thursday game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Nikolai Kulemin – Kulemin broke a finger during a game against the Florida Panthers on March the 13th. It is still a possibility the Kulemin could return in April to play the remaining three games. But unless he is 100% healed, there is no point to Kulemin on ice. Let the youngsters such as Carter Ashton get the needed experience on the NHL level.
Mike Brown – Brown Bruised his leg while crashing into the boards on March 7th against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Brown will not return until the end of the four-game home stand.
Source – http://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/article/1152075–maple-leafs-injured-players-on-the-mend
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