The Maple Leafs might have to continue their chase for a playoff berth without second-leading scorer Joffrey Lupul
as well as right wing Colby Armstrong
Lupul suffered an upper-body injury early in the second period of Tuesday's 5-4 loss to Boston and did not return to the game. Leafs coach Randy Carlyle
said he does not think Lupul will be able to play Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
"I don't know at this point. I can't give you a correct answer on that," Carlyle said. "I would suggest that he would be out."
Lupul appeared to injure either his right arm or wrist after he was slammed into the boards by Bruins center David Krejci
. Lupul had a previous wrist injury that didn't cost him any games, but required him to wear a soft cast.
Armstrong was bloodied and suffered what Carlyle called a nose injury during a fight with Dennis Seidenberg
in the second period. He left the game after the fight and did not return.
Carlyle was less certain of Armstrong's status for Wednesday's game in Pittsburgh. He said he would expect the team doctors to be extra careful with Armstrong due to the fact that he missed time earlier this season with a concussion.
"Lupes has been a huge part of our team, and Army is a guy that hasn't been in a lot due to injury but plays real hard for us. He's a guy that is really good in the room. He's a leader," Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf
said. "Those are two guys that are tough to lose, but injuries are part of the game and you can't use them as an excuse because they happen to every team. Guys that come into the lineup have got to step up."