Lupul to miss road trip with a groin strain

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Joffrey Lupul
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Try to act surprised, everybody.

Joffrey Lupul is back on the injury shelf. The Leafs‘ porcelain man appeared to tweak something as he pivoted in the corner in the second period of last night’s game. He limped off to the dressing room and didn’t return.

It’s being described as a grade-2 groin strain, which is defined as a partial tear of the muscles in the groin. LA goalie Jonathan Quick is currently sidelined with the same injury without a clear timetable for a return. Puck Daddy suggested Quick may be looking at a 4-6 week recovery period.

Lupul had been struggling for much of November. Throw out the three-assist game against New York and Lupul has one point in nine other November games.

There’s little doubt that the Leafs were relying on Lupul as a key piece in turning the offense around after scoring just 17 goals in 10 November games.

The injury plague continues to haunt the Leaf forwards, just as Tyler Bozak is returning and the team was looking relatively healthy. With Lupul, however, this is becoming a non-story.

Lupul’s first injury as a Leaf was a separated shoulder in March of 2012, sidelining him for the remaining 16 games of the 2011-12 season. He broke his forearm at the start of the 2013 season courtesy a Phaneuf slapshot, missing 25 games. He was suspended for two games and sustained a concussion in early April of 2013, adding up to seven more missed games and a total of 16 out of 48 games played in 2012-13.

This season he’s missed two games with a bruised foot, after taking a shot to the foot in practice, and now stands to miss a run of games with a groin injury.

Lupul won’t travel with the team for its upcoming road trip to Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Montreal. Randy Carlyle could shift a few things around and reinsert Trevor Smith into the fold, or he could recall Josh Leivo from the Toronto Marlies.

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  • rustynail

    Looks like yet another player on LTIR

  • Rthiffault

    one day after our ‘healthiest game of the season’ and this happens…

  • rustynail

    Rthiffault Bozak went down the game Clarkson came back, seems to be a trend

  • Rthiffault

    I’m hoping these next few games Bozak can get back in stride and Kadri-Clarkson can get some chemistry because we need some GOALS!

  • Rthiffault

    rustynail Rthiffault first they giveth, then they taketh away.

  • 4evrblue

    rustynail well they better do it in a hurry so I can replace him in my fantasy league lol

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Leafs D has been as weak, or weaker, than I feared in the off season when Ranger was our biggest add.

  • whalz

    Alec Brownscombe that’s why a LILES for Gleason is a good move.

  • dlb eh

    @whalz
    do we know Gleason will make us better?  we’re pretty bad if CARs defensive throwaway improves our team

  • Alec Brownscombe

    @whalz Alec Brownscombe We need a Gleason type, but I don’t want Gleason himself. We need a solid defensive D with a good first pass.
    Other thing is that teams might have the book on us. Pinch down the half walls and they’ll turn the puck over.

  • whalz

    dlb eh they need a puckmover, we need more defensive players which are mean and nasty

  • whalz

    Alec Brownscombe I like him, but at the very least it replaces LILES

  • Rthiffault

    TheCanucksnaphook Alec Brownscombe I am still not certain why we didn’t look at Douglas Murray in the offseason. he totally fits the bill.

  • Rthiffault

    TheCanucksnaphook thats a whole lot of OUCH!

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Rthiffault TheCanucksnaphook Alec Brownscombe Doug Murray is the worst defenceman in the NHL.
    We need some D who can help get us out of our zone, not stand in front looking tough.

  • dlb eh

    Rthiffault
    Murray was awful in PIT
    and signed a contract we couldn’t afford

  • Alec Brownscombe

    TheCanucksnaphook Alec Brownscombe Rthiffault Yeah, he’s laughably bad.

  • Rthiffault

    Alec Brownscombe Rthiffault TheCanucksnaphook haha well I havent watched him too too much. his contract is very unattractive though.

  • rustynail

    Alec Brownscombe TheCanucksnaphook Rthiffault makes Fraser look like a speed merchant

  • Alec Brownscombe

    rustynail Alec Brownscombe TheCanucksnaphook Rthiffault Luke Schenn in 10 years. lol.

  • rustynail

    Alec Brownscombe emphasized by our forwards not helping on many many nights

  • Rthiffault

    TheCanucksnaphook Rthiffault well to see the price we pay for him annually and only getting 57% production out of him is very disappointing.

  • rustynail

    Rthiffault TheCanucksnaphook as long as its always on LTIR its not so bad :)

  • rustynail

    @whalz Alec Brownscombe he is out injured now and has that pesky NTC

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/mirtlehttps://twitter.com/mirtle/status/405406428568907778
    Lupul will likely become the fifth of Toronto’s top nine forwards to miss 10-plus games in the season’s first 32 games.

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/mirtlehttps://twitter.com/mirtle/status/405404532332445696
    Looking at how long athletes typically take with these injuries, I’d say Lupul is out at least a month. Another big blow.

  • dlb eh

    rustynail 
    what?  another big blow and he might be out another month.  stay away from him.

  • rustynail

    hoolihan -Keon- and were penalized by Gary for doing it

  • Rthiffault

    Shift_Disturber1 interesting indeed…doubt they’d separate Bozak with his buddies. I do hope they bring up Leivo though, I ilked his tenacity when he was playing with the Leafs.

  • rustynail

    MikeGartner11 Shift_Disturber1 Smithson had his worst game last night, not that that makes him special for last night

  • dlb eh

    Rthiffault
    well, he was awful last night.  maybe coach wants the hungry Holland back in there to help the skileld players, and gives Bozak the easier assignment of just stopping the other team from scoring and getting pucks out.  the Gunnar-on-forward job.
    also, i’d be surprised to see Ashton and Leivo both recalled in favour of sitting all of McLaren, Smithson and Smith

  • dlb eh

    rustynail
    be that as it may, faceoffs count for something.  if others win faceoffs, Smithson isn’t going to see many shifts the rest of the way anyway

  • MaxwellHowe

    Leafs should call up Leivo, Broll, Ashton, however many Marlies they can fit on the roster in order to inject some energy and enthusiasm into the lineup

  • Marlies Man

    TheCanucksnaphook Startling at just about the third-way mark of the season.

  • dlb eh

    Shift_Disturber1 
    ooh, what Bruin did he hit?

  • MaxwellHowe

    How many of them were in the lineup whe the season started and the leafs went 6-1. Several as I remember

  • Rthiffault

    at least the leafs are still top 3 in the league in hits, only behind L.A. and Snottawa

  • MaxwellHowe

    Partly a function of rarely having the puck

  • Black_Hawk

    I kinda wish TSN got this huge broadcast rights with the NHL. They do the games better then sportsnet

  • Rthiffault

    Black_Hawk money > quality

  • dlb eh

    Shift_Disturber1
    that was my second guess.

  • Black_Hawk

    Rthiffault Black_Hawk hope it works out though, if I can watch the same amount or more leafs games I do now than its fine. Can tsn still do the draft?

  • The Toronto Maple Leaf

    I hate how sportsnet fits in an advertisement during any 2 second gap in play…

  • Mind Bomb

    Well its not the News of the Day, but an article on the Players suing the NHL 
    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=437555

  • Great Dane

    This from Eric Engel:
    “5) Was speaking with one of the great fans of the game yesterday that
    said Dallas Eakins ascension to Edmonton was a lot like Mike Babcock
    going to Anaheim.
    Eakins should be so lucky, if that proves true over time.”
    Just hope that Eakins comes back to the Maple Leafs ASAP.

  • dlb eh

    Great Dane 
    wasn’t Babcock an understudy of Scott Bowman?

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Loiselle was definitely convinced last night was a trap game.

  • Great Dane

    dlb eh Got his first gig as head coach with the Ducks – then left for Red Wings

  • Great Dane

    Alec Brownscombe What did Loiselle say?

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Great Dane Alec Brownscombe Implied that the team was getting healthy, Blue Jackets are a struggling team, lost Dunbinsky in addition to all of their other key forwards, team took them too lightly.