Toronto Maple Leafs forward Colton Orr took part in the morning skate but was ruled out of action against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday because of a lower-body injury. Because of the injury to Orr, it is expected that David Steckel will center the fourth line. It will be the first time Steckel has played since Feb, 14.
Goaltender James Reimer was also on the ice briefly before he left for the dressing room. Reimer injured his knee against the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 11, but is inching closer to returning.
Here is the Maple Leafs' projected lineup for Thursday's game:
James Van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Leo Komarov – Mikhail Grabovski – Nikolai Kulemin
Jay McClement – Nazem Kadri – Clarke MacArthur
Frazer McLaren – David Steckel – Mike Brown
Dion Phaneuf – Korbinian Holzer
Carl Gunnarsson – Michael Kostka
Cody Franson – Mark Fraser
Scratches: John-Michael Liles – Mike Komisarek
Injured: Colton Orr – Joffrey Lupul – James Reimer