Grabner (face) took part in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he will play Wednesday against the Lightning, Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV reports. Grabner sustained a facial injury in Tuesday's game against the Panthers, and will wear a facial shield in Wednesday's matchup with Tampa Bay as a result. The 28-year-old winger, who has tallied 11 points in 45 games this season, is expected to skate alongside Nazem Kadri and Leo Komarov on the Leafs' top line in Wednesday's contest.
Grabner will not return to Tuesday's game against the Panthers after taking a puck to the face, Mark Masters of TSN reports. Grabner lasted just 10:01 on the ice before exiting Tuesday and now seems to be in danger of sitting out Wednesday against the Lightning. If he sits, Josh Leivo could be in store for unexpected ice time.
Grabner notched the 100th goal of his career in Sunday's win over the Islanders. It stood as the game winner. Grabner has six points, including four goals, in his last five games. In this case, he was Johnny on the spot to poke in a rebound of a shot by Morgan Reilly. Grabner has really picked up his pace playing with Leo Komarov and Nazem Kadri, and could be a viable short-term fantasy asset through the New Year.
Grabner scored twice and added two assists in Saturday's 5-0 win over Los Angeles. And with that, Grabner doubled his point total for the season. Yah. Doubled. His fantasy value is limited, but he has put up points in two straight games. Just don't get overexcited by his five points in two games. Let someone else scoop him off the wire.
Grabner scored his first goal of the season in Wednesday's loss to the Jets. It was his first point in 19 games. He came to Toronto to resurrect his career, but things haven't worked out as Grabner had hoped. There's still time for him to get his offence on track, but he may never return to the heights of 2010-11.
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