Reports floating around this morning indicate the Maple Leafs will be forced to start the season without forward Nazem Kadri, who picked up a knee injury in Ottawa. TSN hockey insider Bob Mackenzie says the youngster could be on the shelf for as long as a month. The team is expected to confirm the injury this morning.
Other news on the injury front: Winger Phil Kessel is said to be battling some sort of groin strain and Tim Connolly is banged up after a tumble into the boards during practice earlier in the week.
On the plus side, Mike "The Moustache" Brown is set to make his preseason debut this weekend after recovering from off-season groin surgery complications (yikes) and Matthew Lombardi is scheduled to take the next step on the long road back from a concussion by playing in at least one of the remaining exhibition games against the Detroit Red Wings.
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