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