Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Leafs Lose Morgan Rielly with Lower Body Injury

The Toronto Maple Leafs could be without their top defenseman for some time. Morgan Rielly crashed into the boards in the first period and looks to have injured his right knee on this play during Toronto's 4-3 win over Buffalo on Tuesday at Air Canada Center.

Rielly leads the Leafs in total time on ice and any prolonged abscence would be a blow to a team that is not particulary deep on defense. Jake Gardiner had to play 29:24 with Rielly going out early and he'll likely be leaned on if Rielly is not able to make a speedy return. "He's a top defender for us, so that would be a huge loss," said Gardiner.

The Leafs have one of the best penalty kills in the NHL, so Rielly's abscence will hit them on special teams as well.

Toronto coach Mike Babcock did not offer much after the game, so expect to hear more tomorrow on Rielly's status.

Toronto fought back from two goal deficit to beat the Sabres and move to within just one point of the Bruins for third place in the Atlantic. Toronto also has five games in hand on the Bruins.