Bozak (head) was placed on injured reserve by the Leafs on Wednesday, Dhiren Mahiban of The Canadian Press reports. Bozak was already ruled out for the team's road trip, so it's not a huge surprise the Leafs made the procedural move of putting him on IR. He leaves the team shorthanded offensively, but will be eligible to return when the they come back home to face the Rangers next week Thursday, assuming he's healthy. The club should provide more updates on his status as Bozak closes in on a return.
Bozak (head) will not join the Maple Leafs as they prepare to head west for a four-game road trip. Bozak is reportedly not feeling well, and as a result he'll stay back in Toronto for what will likely amount to the entirety of the road trip. It seems possible he could rejoin the team late in the road trip at Chicago, but that's unlikely, with a more feasible scenario involving him rejoining the lineup next week Thursday when they return home to face the Rangers. The Maple Leafs recalled three forwards to add some depth on the road trip, but the team's quality of play will undoubtedly suffer from being without two of their top three point scorers in Bozak and James van Riemsdyk (foot).
Bozak left Saturday's game against Ottawa after getting hit in the head by the Senators Mike Zibanejad, the Toronto Sun reports. Zibanejad was assessed a penalty for an illegal check to the head and Bozak did not return to the game. Bozak's status for Tuesday's game against Calgary will be made clear in the coming days.
Bozak scored a goal, added a power-play assist, went plus-2 and won 24 of 30 faceoffs Thursday in a 3-2 shootout win over New Jersey. Bozak is always great in the faceoff circle, but he was on another level in this one, taking advantage of every center the Devils had to throw at him. Phil Kessel may be gone, but Bozak's still scoring at his highest pace since he notched 27 points in 37 games as a rookie in 2009-10. That's particularly impressive when you consider that the 29-year-old had been held off the scoresheet in five straight games coming in and hadn't scored a goal since Dec. 27.
Bozak assisted on both of Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau's goals, and finished with a plus-2 rating in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Ducks. Bozak has excelled of late, with five goals and eight assists in his last 12 games. The defensively-responsible center's plus-8 rating over that span has buoyed his season mark all the way to plus-5, which is very impressive for a player toiling away on Toronto's subpar roster.
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