January 28, 2013
Leafs' van Riemsdyk to play alongside Kessel
By TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

Forward James van Riemsdyk will likely start on Toronto's top line Tuesday when the Leafs visit the Sabres in Buffalo. (Jack Boland/QMI Agency)

TORONTO - When the Maple Leafs acquired James van Riemsdyk last June, the conventional thinking was that the big winger would play with Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul.

In a round-about, sort-of way, that looks like it will happen on Tuesday night in Buffalo.

Not with Lupul, mind you, as the winger is nursing a fractured forearm and won’t be in the lineup any time soon.

But van Riemsdyk could help light the goal-scoring fuse under Kessel, who has yet to hit paydirt through the Leafs’ first five games of the abbreviated 2012-13 regular season.

With Lupul out of the picture for the time being and Clarke MacArthur dealing with the pain, swelling and infection worries that come with losing a fingernail, van Riemsdyk practised with Kessel and centre Tyler Bozak on Monday in preparation for Ryan Miller and the rest of the Sabres.



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