Leafs Blurbs: Gunnarsson on IR, Trade Rumours and Lineups & Notes vs. Flames

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By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)

The Toronto Maple Leafs will take on the Calgary Flames for the second time this season tonight. While the Maple Leafs won the first game 3-2 at the Air Canada Centre, tonight’s contest has the potential to be very different as both teams now find themselves in a battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in their respective conference.

Game time is 9:00 pm EST. You can watch it on Sportsnet, listen to it on Toronto radio AM640, or follow along on Twitter, @LukasHardonk.

Tonight’s projected lineup

Forwards

Lupul-Bozak-Kessel
MacArthur-Grabovski-Connolly
Kulemin-Lombardi-Crabb
Brown-Steckel-Boyce

Defence

Schenn-Phaneuf
Liles-Franson
Gardiner-Komisarek

Goalies

Gustavsson
Reimer

Notes

- Jonas Gustavsson gets the start in goal tonight after James Reimer allowed four goals on 15 shots against the Canadiens on Saturday.

- Colby Armstrong will be a healthy scratch tonight for the Leafs. He also sat out on Saturday. Armstrong has no points and owns a minus-two rating in five games since he returned from injury.

- Keith Aulie has been recalled from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.

- The Maple Leafs need a win badly tonight; they’ve dropped three consecutive games and find themselves just one point inside of eighth.

- The line of Clarke MacArthur, Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin is expected to see limited, if any time together tonight. Ron Wilson says it is a move to get both Kulemin and Tim Connolly going offensively.

- Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul each had four-game points streaks snapped against the Habs on Saturday.

Carl Gunnarsson placed on the Injured Reserve

The Maple Leafs have placed defenceman Carl Gunnarsson on the Injured Reserve. Despite suffering an ankle injury during practice on Monday, head coach Ron Wilson said the injury isn’t bad and that it is not a high ankle sprain like they originally feared.

He is expected to miss at least seven days.

Gunnarsson has been one of the Leafs’ most consistent defencemen this season. To go along with that, Gunnarsson has 16 points and owns a plus-three rating.

Trade Rumours

The Rick Nash-to-Toronto and Jeff Carter-to-Toronto rumours gained some more traction today.

TSN’s Pierre LeBrun said on TSN 1050 that Nash has given the Columbus Blue Jackets a short list of teams that he would be willing to move to, while Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch said on the same radio station that Carter will indeed be moved before the trade deadline.

Nash has 18 goals and 39 points in 55 games this season, while Carter has struggled mightily with just 12 goals and 20 points in 35 games. According to CapGeek.com, Nash holds a no-movement clause, while it is known that both players have very lengthy and lucrative contracts.

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