OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators captain Jason Spezza said he expects the Toronto Maple Leafs to compete through their injuries with the Battle of Ontario set to resume Saturday at Canadian Tire Centre.
The Maple Leafs, who did not hold a morning skate, put center Tyler Bozak on long-term injured reserve earlier in the week because of an oblique strain he suffered Tuesday in a 4-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks that ran their losing streak to five.
Toronto, which snapped its skid Thursday with a 3-2 overtime win against the Dallas Stars, was already missing center Dave Bolland, who has been sidelined since Nov. 2 with an ankle injury.
"We know that they've had injuries, but if you look at us the last couple of years, we've had lots of injuries and managed to play well," Spezza said after Ottawa held an optional skate Saturday. "Injuries can be an opportunity for other guys to step up, so you don't take any team lightly. It doesn't matter who they are or who's hurt, there are some good hockey players on both teams and you don't take anybody for granted, or take anybody lighter."
Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul may be able to return from a groin injury that has sidelined him for the past five games this weekend, either here or at home Sunday against the Boston Bruins.
Friday, Toronto recalled defenseman John-Michael Liles from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. He is expected to make his season debut against the Senators.
Craig Anderson will start in goal for Ottawa, which lost 3-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. Robin Lehner stopped 19 of 22 shots for the Senators, who split their two-game trip to Florida.
Anderson, who made 32 saves Tuesday in a 4-2 win against the Florida Panthers, will make his fourth start in six games. Prior to that, he sat out three of four.
"It's part of the business," Anderson said. "I've played a long time in this League and I've had to earn a lot of ice time. Every player earns their ice time, so it's one of those things where when I get in the net and if I do my job, I'll start to earn my ice time."
Senators coach Paul MacLean said he will make game-time decisions about his lineup depending on whether or not Matt Kassian plays.
Here are the projected lineups for the Maple Leafs and Senators:
James van Riemsdyk – Nazem Kadri – Phil Kessel
Mason Raymond – Trevor Smith – David Clarkson
Nikolai Kulemin - Jay McClement – Carter Ashton
Frazer McLaren – Peter Holland – Jerry D'Amigo
Carl Gunnarsson – Dion Phaneuf
Jake Gardiner – Cody Franson
Mark Fraser - John-Michael Liles
Scratched: Morgan Rielly, Paul Ranger
Injured: Tyler Bozak (oblique strain), Colton Orr (elbow), Dave Bolland (ankle), Joffrey Lupul (groin)
Clarke MacArthur - Jason Spezza - Erik Condra
Mike Hoffman - Kyle Turris - Bobby Ryan
Milan Michalek - Zack Smith - Chris Neil
Matt Kassian - Mika Zibanejad - Colin Greening
Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson
Chris Phillips - Joe Corvo
Jared Cowen - Patrick Wiercioch
Scratched: Eric Gryba, Cory Conacher