Leafs’ Gunnarsson suffers injury at practice

February 13, 2012, 6:47 PM

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Carl Gunnarsson left practice early Monday after appearing to injure his right leg following a hard collision with teammate Jay Rosehill.

The team said Gunnarsson will make the trip to Calgary — where the Leafs will kick off a three-game Western road swing — but his status for Tuesday’s game against the Flames is unknown.

The 25-year-old will have his knee looked at by doctors when the team arrives in Calgary.

In 55 games with the Leafs this season, Gunnarsson has recorded 16 points, 18 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating.

Following Tuesday’s game, Toronto faces the Oilers in Edmonton the next night before closing out the trip against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

The Leafs have dropped three straight games and are coming off a 5-0 blowout to the Montreal Canadiens Saturday.

Head coach Ron Wilson would not confirm his starting goalie for Tuesday. James Reimer was pulled after allowing four goals on 15 shots against the Canadiens, before Jonas Gustavsson came on in relief for the third period.

Wilson shuffled the lines at Monday’s practice, in attempt to spark some of the team’s struggling forwards. Centreman Tim Connolly, who has only three assists in his last 16 games, was moved to the wing alongside Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur. Connolly’s last goal came on Jan. 5 in a shutout victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

Nikolai Kulemin, another Leaf struggling to find goal this season, practised on a line with Matthew Lombardi and Joey Crabb. Kulemin has scored only five goals this season, after enjoying a 30-goal breakout year in 2010-11.

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