The Toronto Maple Leafs have recalled Garret Sparks from the Marlies, their minor-league affiliate.
Top Leafs goalie James Reimer reportedly is dealing with an injury, and since an evening contest is scheduled Saturday against the Capitals, the team has brought on Sparks -- a seventh-round draft selection from 2011 -- to serve as the backup to Jonathan Bernier.
Josh Smith pitched in with five points (2-5 FG, 1-2 FT), 12 rebounds, four assists and a block over 22 minutes in Friday's 111-90 victory over the Pelicans.
Smith received a season-high 22 minutes of playing time in the blowout and utilized the extra opportunity wisely, managing double-digit boards for the first time all season against a Pelicans frontcourt that was missing Anthony Davis (knee contusion) in the second half. The veteran has consistently received minutes in the teens all season, and has generally filled out the stat sheet with solid rebound numbers even when he's only been able to generate paltry scoring totals.
Berube likely suffered the injury in Wednesday's game against AHL Albany, as he was replaced in net by Christopher Gibson at the start of the third period of the contest. The 24-year-old netminder will be eligible to return from injured reserve on Dec. 5, at which point he will likely once again be sent to AHL Bridgeport.
Ricky Rubio (ankle) is aiming to play Sunday against the Clippers, the Star Tribune reports.
Rubio was scratched from Friday's game against the Kings due to ankle injury, but the team does not believe the ailment is related to the injury that cost him 22 games last season. Rubio, who missed four games earlier in the year with a hamstring issue, said he jammed the ankle Wednesday against Atlanta. Barring a setback Saturday, Rubio will likely be available Sunday against Los Angeles.
Scott Harrington has been assigned to the AHL Marlies.
Harrington is best utilized in his own zone, though he's been known to set up scores every now and then. Last season, when he belonged to the Penguins' organization, Harrington produced two goals and 12 assists with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to complement a plus-19 rating.
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