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Lupul out for Leafs' game at Blue Jackets with bone bruise in foot

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 11:45 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Lupul out for Leafs' game at Blue Jackets with bone bruise in foot

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Joffrey Lupul was absent from the Maple Leafs' morning skate a day after suffering a bruised foot in practice.

Lupul took a shot off his foot Thursday and went for X-rays, according to coach Randy Carlyle. He made the trip to Columbus for Friday night's game against the Blue Jackets but was not on the ice with the rest of his teammates at Nationwide Arena.

Winger Josh Leivo, recalled after Lupul's injury, took line rushes in his place alongside Jay McClement and Nazem Kadri.

David Clarkson is set to make his Leafs debut after serving a 10-game suspension. He practised with Mason Raymond and David Bolland again Friday morning.

Goaltender Jonathan Bernier is expected to start. He's 2-1 with a 2.02 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in his career against the Blue Jackets.

Toronto could get Frazer McLaren back after the enforcer missed significant time with a broken right pinky finger, though that was unclear at the morning skate.

Blue Jackets tough guy Jared Boll missed the morning skate with a stomach illness, but coach Todd Richards said he didn't expect it to be enough to keep him out against the Leafs.

Reigning Vezina Trophy-winner Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to start in goal for Columbus.

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