Though both teams may be out of the playoffs when the postseason starts in about five weeks' time, there is still pride on the line as the battle of Ontario resumes tonight between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators, a battle that the Leafs have dominated this season.
Unfortunately for the Leafs, they will have to do it without the services of Mike Van Ryn, who will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his MCL in Saturday's loss to the Oilers.
Van Ryn—obtained in the Bryan McCabe trade with Florida—has shown flashes of brilliance this season, which has been marred by injury.
Van Ryn suffered the injury early into the game against Edmonton. After colliding with an Oilers player, he fell, twisting his leg underneath him uncomfortably.
Also, a bit of unfortunate news coming our way this afternoon, as it appears that Martin Gerber will not get the nod tonight in net for the Leafs, who will instead turn to Curtis Joseph for tonight's tilt in Ottawa.
The Maple Leafs are 3-0-1 this season against their provincial rivals, and have also won seven of the last nine games against.
Many Leafs fans were hoping to get a chance to see Gerber attempt to stick it to his old club, but coach Ron Wilson said after practice that Joseph would start tonight in goal.
The Maple Leafs announced yesterday that defenseman Anton Stralman and Phil Oreskovic have been called up and will see action with the big club tonight.
The 6'3", 217-pound Oreskovic is a +15 with the AHL's Toronto Marlies this season. Marlies coach Greg Gilbert has praised Oreskovic all season for his steady stay-at-home play, and also for his crease-clearing ability.
Meanwhile, Vesa Toskala, shut down last Wednesday by the club, will undergo surgery today to repair his ailing hip. Recovery time is expected to be around four months, with Toskala being ready for the start of training camp in September.
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