The news isn't as bad as coach Ron Wilson feared, but that doesn't mean the Toronto Maple Leafs
will have the services of defenseman Carl Gunnarsson
against the Calgary Flames
on Tuesday night.
Expected out for about a week, Gunnarsson was placed on injured reserve.
"He's got a slightly sprained ankle," Wilson said. "We figure he'll miss about a week, so we put him on IR. It's not bad, it's not a high ankle sprain like we feared. It's in the lower part of his foot. Today he feels much better, so we brought up Keith Aulie
as a recall while he recuperates."
Aulie was summoned from the Toronto Marlies, but it is expected that Mike Komisarek
will draw into the lineup. Komisarek has been scratched for Toronto's last six games.
"We're fortunate that we have a player like Mike, and hopefully he can shake off the rust because he hasn't played in a couple weeks and get the job done for us," Wilson said.
Komisarek will be playing in front of Jonas Gustavsson
, who came on in relief of James Reimer
in the Maple Leafs 5-0 defeat at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens
Saturday. After three straight losses, Gustavsson is hoping he can put Toronto back in the win column.
"We lost a few in a row here and we need to get back to winning, and the sooner we can do that the better," he said.
Wilson said he only needs one thing out of his starting goaltender.
"Saves, simple as that," Wilson said. "That's what I expect. Any coach will tell you that is what you need. You need saves, timely saves, a save or two that can rob the other team and can build confidence for your team."
Here is the projected lineup for the Maple Leafs:
- Tyler Bozak
- Phil Kessel
- Mikhail Grabovski
- Tim Connolly
- Matthew Lombardi - Joey Crabb
- David Steckel
- Darryl Boyce
- Jake Gardiner
- Cody Franson
- Mike Komisarek