Injury woes continue

STEVE BUFFERY AND MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:30 AM ET

The news once again was not good out of the trainers office yesterday.

Defenceman Jeff Finger is gone for the next 10-14 days with an undisclosed upper body injury.

Nikolai Kulemin is out with a sore ankle.

The beat goes on.

Finger, who underwent an MRI this week, might not be back until after the all-star break, Jan. 23-25. The Leafs first game after the break is a date in St. Paul against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center on Jan. 27.

Meanwhile, Kulemin's return to the Leafs certainly did not go as planned.

Recalled from the Marlies on Sunday, Kulemin was expected to be in the lineup last night against the Nashville Predators. But the swollen ankle, an injury coach Ron Wilson said occurred with the Marlies, prevented him from taking to the ice.

As a result, the Leafs recalled forward Jiri Tlusty from the Marlies yesterday afternoon as a replacement for Kulemin. Tlusty, 20, is third in Marlies scoring this season with seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points.

The Leafs are still without defenceman Mike Van Ryn who suffered his second concussion of the season on Dec. 18. Van Ryn will be out for at least another week.

Meanwhile, winger Jeremy Williams is out for another week with a shoulder injury.

Nik of time?

Forward Nik Antropov entered last night's game against the Predators itching to score.

It had, after all, been a while.

Prior to facing off against Nashville, Antropov had gone 10 games without a goal after registering 13 in his first 32 games.

"I'm not shooting enough, probably one or two shots a game," said Antropov, who registered just 16 in the 10-game span. "It's not enough if you want to score goals. I know that."

Wilson said it is far too early to panic.

"You're not going to score every game," Wilson said. "Sometimes you end up putting seven, eight, nine, 10 games in a row where you don't score. Then you press and it gets counter-productive."

On a very young Leafs team, Antropov knows the pressure is on him to be an offensive leader.

"I'm a veteran guy and I'm expecting myself to score on any given night to help us win," Antropov said. "Hopefully I'll get some breaks. I'll be shooting the puck from everywhere."


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