Leafs lose more than the game: Lupul out

Justin Fisher
November 26 2013 11:27AM

Joffrey Lupul is injured again. Earth is round, water is wet.

Lupul, who missed the third period of Monday night's 6-0 loss to Columbus, will not travel with the Leafs on their upcoming road trip. The 30-year old winger has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 groin strain, and will likely miss the next three games against Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Montreal. 

To be honest, it could be a lot longer.

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick suffered a Grade 2 groin strain back in mid-November, and is expected to be out until at least Christmas. Nothing is for sure until MRI results are returned, but it's not unfathomable to think Lupul could miss something like 4-6 weeks.

At practice today, the Leafs were forced to skate with new line combinations... Necessary considering Lupul's absence, but not all that bad considering how bad the team has played as of late. According to Sportsnet's David Alter, Mason Raymond will skate in Lupul's usual spot on the second line alongside Nazem Kadri and David Clarkson. Here's the full breakdown...

We'll update as more details come out.

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Justin Fisher is a Toronto-based writer of sorts. He likes hockey and comic books and sriracha sauce. He doesn't like Don Cherry. Follow him on Twitter: @thejustinfisher
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#1 STAN
November 26 2013, 12:10PM
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I was head-scratching when I saw Carlyle sit Trevor Smith Saturday.

Sure, he's no Bozak, but that's a GOOD thing. Smith seems to have more puck and play development savvy than Bozak. And his shot is quick.

Too bad about Lupul, but he wasn't contributing much lately. Perhaps a month off will do everybody some good.

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#2 Steve Dangle
November 26 2013, 12:28PM
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STAN wrote:

I was head-scratching when I saw Carlyle sit Trevor Smith Saturday.

Sure, he's no Bozak, but that's a GOOD thing. Smith seems to have more puck and play development savvy than Bozak. And his shot is quick.

Too bad about Lupul, but he wasn't contributing much lately. Perhaps a month off will do everybody some good.

Smith AND Holland should be in the lineup, IMO.

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#3 Back in Black
November 26 2013, 01:47PM
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@Steve Dangle

And Ashton makes three, while we're at it. But why mess with success? Two regulation wins is probably enough for November.

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