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Joffrey Lupul injury update: Toronto Maple Leafs forward to miss time

Joffrey Lupul injury

The Toronto Maple Leafs are moving through a three-game road trip, but they’re traveling without one of their best players in Joffrey Lupul. The team placed Lupul on the IR yesterday, as he’s reportedly suffering from a grade 2 groin strain. This will be Lupul’s second stretch of time missed this season, as he was out for two games earlier in the year with a bruised foot.

When in the lineup and healthy, Lupul has been outstanding so far this season. He has 15 points in 22 games, and is fifth on the team in scoring. He had originally left Toronto’s home contest on November 25 against the Columbus Blue Jackets midway through the second period and didn’t return. Lupul didn’t lace up the skates for the Pittsburgh Penguins on the 27th either, and the Leafs are just now releasing more information on the injury.

Toronto has away contests against the Buffalo Sabres today and the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow. The team will then return to Toronto to face off against the San Jose Sharks (December 3) and the Dallas Stars (December 5). Lupul isn’t expected to be available for those contests either.

This is nothing new for the Leafs or the oft-injured Lupul, which is too bad since he’s a highly effective player when out on the ice.

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