TORONTO -- The big news out of Toronto on Saturday concerns forward Nikolai Kulemin. Coach Randy Carlyle says the Russian winger has a chip in his ankle that will keep him out of action for at least two weeks. Rookie Spencer Abbott has been called up from the Toronto Marlies to take his place.
"To say it's not a significant injury would be incorrect," Carlyle said of Kulemin.
The Leafs will have to hope Abbott's high-scoring ways from his time at the University of Maine can translate to the NHL.
The news of Kulemin's injury managed to overshadow the news of 2012 first-round pick Morgan Rielly making his NHL debut tonight. With Mark Fraser on long-term injured reserve with a knee injury, it opens up the opportunity for Rielly to jump into action. He was paired up with Jake Gardiner during the morning skate.
James Reimer started in Toronto's season-opening victory over the Montreal Canadiens and is expected to start Saturday. He will bring a sterling 8-1-1 record against Ottawa into the game.
As for the Ottawa Senators, they're coming off a 1-0 victory Friday night over the Buffalo Sabres that saw Craig Anderson stand on his head, stopping 35 shots for the shutout. He'll be back in the net against Toronto but there will be a couple of changes from last night's lineup otherwise.
Joe Corvo will take Eric Gryba's spot on the blue line while Matt Kassian will play in place of Stephane DaCosta.
Here's how the two lineups could look Saturday night:
James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Spencer Abbott – Dave Bolland – Joffrey Lupul
Troy Bodie – Nazem Kadri – Mason Raymond
Carter Ashton – Jay McClement – Colton Orr
Dion Phaneuf – Carl Gunnarsson
Paul Ranger – Cody Franson
Morgan Rielly – Jake Gardiner
Injured: Nikolai Kulemin (foot)
Scratched: Jamie Devane, David Clarkson (suspended)
Milan Michalek – Jason Spezza – Bobby Ryan
Clarke MacArthur – Kyle Turris – Cory Conacher
Colin Greening – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Erik Condra
Matt Kassian – Zack Smith – Chris Neil
Marc Methot – Erik Karlsson
Chris Phillips – Joe Corvo
Jared Cowen – Patrick Wiercioch
Scratches: Eric Gryba, Stephane Da Costa