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Clarkson set to make Leafs debut following suspension

Oct 25, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

David Clarkson;  Patrick Wiercioch AP

Toronto Maple Leafs fans will finally get their first look at David Clarkson in a regular season game.

Clarkson’s 10-game suspension for leaving the bench to fight Buffalo’s John Scott in a preseason game is through and tonight he’ll be suiting up on the road against the Columbus Blue Jackets. As the Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno shares, he’s ready to get it started.

“It’s like Christmas: You used to open up the box there’d be a chocolate and then another chocolate,” Clarkson said jokingly. “I got a box at home, I get my daughter to open it. No, but I’ve been definitely checking off the dates and getting ready to go.”

Clarkson practiced on a line with Dave Bolland and Mason Raymond on Thursday and that line was already one of Toronto’s more productive ones this season.

Of course, Joffrey Lupul departed practice after being struck on the foot by a Paul Ranger shot so they may not be at as loaded up front as they hoped. Nikolai Kulemin is still out with an ankle injury.

  1. dropthepuckeh - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    November 15th and 16th Toronto and Buffalo have a home and home series starting in Buffalo. Talk about must see tv. Clearly two franchises going in very different directions so maybe Toronto doesn’t stoop down to Buffalo’s level. Pretty sure Sabres will be mathematically eliminated from playoffs by then.

  2. kingjoffrey19 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    GO LEAFS GO!

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