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Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller gets knocked to the ice during a collision with Toronto Maple Leafs left winger Viktor Stalberg during the first period in Toronto on Monday. (Frank Gunn)
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller gets knocked to the ice during a collision with Toronto Maple Leafs left winger Viktor Stalberg during the first period in Toronto on Monday. (Frank Gunn)

Stalberg to miss Long Island trip Add to ...

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without rookie winger Viktor Stalberg when they play the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.

Stalberg suffered what is thought to be a shoulder injury when he was hit hard by Buffalo Sabres forward Adam Mair in the second period of Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Sabres. Stalberg managed to finish the game but was unable to take part in Tuesday's practice.

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Leafs head coach Ron Wilson said Stalberg has "an upper-body injury and is day-to-day." Wilson said Stalberg will not be on the trip to Long Island and will be replaced in the lineup by Rickard Wallin.

Another concern of late for the Leafs is sniper Phil Kessel. While he has 13 goals in 25 games, Kessel has not recorded any points in the Leafs' last three games and admitted Tuesday that he feels "a little off." Wilson thinks so, too.

"I agree, he's a little off," Wilson said. "He's not skating. He looks tired."

After the Islanders game, the Leafs will be off for the Christmas break but it will not be a long one. They will be back in action on Boxing Day when they play the Montreal Canadiens at the Air Canada Centre and then they have to leave right after the game for Pittsburgh where they play the Penguins on Sunday.

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