TORONTO - Joffrey Lupul has earned .90 points per game as a Maple Leaf, but might earn his medical degree before a team scoring title.
When the club departed for Pittsburgh and a three-game road trip on Tuesday afternoon, Lupul was having a MRI for his latest mishap, a suspected groin tear. Coach Randy Carlyle said the initial diagnosis on Lupul after Monday’s 6-0 loss to Columbus was a Grade 2 strain, which translates to a partial muscle rip in the lexicon.
Grade 2 is the severity currently sidelining Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick the past few weeks, though Carlyle put Lupul in the day-to-day category until the MRI results are fully known. He did say it would be “a miracle” if Lupul was to rejoin the Leafs in time for Saturday’s final date of the trip in Montreal, with a stop in Buffalo the night before.