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Leafs lose Clarkson, Gunnarsson to injuries

Jan 4, 2014, 9:02 PM EDT

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Here’s possibly the understatement of Saturday night: it hasn’t been a good evening for the Toronto Maple Leafs. They’re currently trailing the New York Rangers by a healthy margin, and they’ve already suffered losses in the injury department, as David Clarkson and Carl Gunnarsson won’t return thanks to health issues.

The Canadian Press reports that Clarkson, 29, is dealing with a left leg injury while Gunnarsson, 27, is suffering from an upper-body issue.

It’s been a long season already for Clarkson, as injuries and suspensions have ravaged things for the pricey power forward. This would just be the latest in a series of maladies for the critiqued winger.

Gunnarsson’s absence looks to open up a top defensive pairing opportunity for Jake Gardiner while Jerry D’Amigo moves up to the third forward line, according to the CP.

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