It’s still early enough in the season where the Toronto Maple Leafs shouldn’t be panicking over their disappointing start of 2-3, but the team can use every win they can get considering the season is already shorter than usual if they want any chance of reaching the playoffs. With a key matchup against the Buffalo Sabres in store for Tuesday, it looks like the Maple Leafs will have to play without forward Clarke MacArthur.
The forward is dealing with a lacerated pinky finger suffered on Saturday during the team’s 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers and as a safety precaution–there’s a good chance the Maple Leafs will rest him just to play it safe. The fact that MacArthur skipped practice on Monday is never a good sign and the last thing the team needs to happen is see the injury get worse by trying to force himself to play.
Luckily, this injury seems only seems minor and won’t keep MacArthur out for a long period of time, but this is one of those situations where Toronto could certainly use him in the lineup on Tuesday. MacArthur is coming off a 2011-12 season in which he appeared in 73 games while recording 20 goals to go along with 23 assists.
These type of numbers may not seem that impressive for a player like MacArthur, but they could use just about all of the help in the world if they’re going to stay in the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference.
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