Mitchell, Toskala put on IR

The Leafs have called up Christian Hanson to take John Mitchell's place in the lineup. (Sun Media...

The Leafs have called up Christian Hanson to take John Mitchell's place in the lineup. (Sun Media file)

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:33 PM ET

The Maple Leafs have a new forward and goaltender in the lineup as they take off for today's trip to Tampa.

Winger Christian Hanson has been called up from the Marlies to replace centre John Mitchell, who will be out six weeks with a suspected sprained or torn knee.

And Joey MacDonald will be taking the injured Vesa Toskala's spot between the pipes after the latter went on injured reserve with a groin injury, though it is not considered serious.

But Jonas Gustavsson is expected to start for the 4-11-7 Leafs against the Lightning tomorrow and likely again Friday versus the Florida Panthers. Both injured players were hurt in Monday's wild 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Islanders.

At practice today at the MasterCard Centre, fourth-liner Wayne Primeau was in Mitchell's place, but Hanson's call-up means Rickard Wallin won't likely come back to the lineup after two games in the press box.

Hanson, 23, ranks first on the Marlies in scoring and second among all AHL rookies with 18 points -- eight goals and 10 assists -- in 18 games.

Last season he played in five games for the Leafs collecting one goal, one assist and two penalty minutes.

The Leafs are coming off two bizarre games in which they put 100 shots on goal in almost 70 minutes of action, but scored just five times. Toronto was trying to win back-to-back on home ice for the first time in almost a year.

The Leafs lead the NHL in shots per game with 34.7 a night, yet rank 30th in the standings and in the league's bottom three in total goals with 57.

Phil Kessel had 12 of the club's record tying 61 shots on Monday, the most by a Leaf since Sergio Momesso had 12 on Oct. 12, 1995 in a 7-2 home win against San Jose. Dave Andreychuk had 15 shots in a game on March 23, 1993.

lance.hornby@sunmedia.ca


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