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Video: Perreault hits Carrick; Soshnikov knocked into bench

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Both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets are trying to climb into their conference’s wild card spots, so it’s not too surprising that they’re engaging in a physical contest on Tuesday.

Two hits stand out, with one being worrisome and the other being fairly amusing.

As you can see above, Connor Carrick was shaken up by a hit from Jets forward Mathieu Perreault.

While that’s a cause for concern if Carrick is hurt, it seems like Nikita Soshnikov is OK after Chris Thorburn sent him about halfway into the Jet’s bench. Allow a mild bit of disappointment that Soshnikov didn’t take a full “seat” there. Those are the most amusing moments (unless you’re the frightened soul stuck in that situation).

With Marner out again Maple Leafs recall Frederik Gauthier from AHL

TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 19:  Mitchell Marner #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs cuts in for a scoring attempt on Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on January 19, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Rangers defeated the Maple Leafs 5-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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The Toronto Maple Leafs will once again be without prized rookie Mitch Marner on Tuesday night when they take on the Winnipeg Jets.

The officially placed him on injured reserve Tuesday morning retroactive to Feb. 15. He suffered an upper body injury that night against the Columbus Blue Jackets when he took an awkward fall into the boards and has not played since.

With Marner placed on IR, the Maple Leafs made a corresponding roster move to recall forward Frederik Gauthier from the the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.

Gauthier, a first-round draft pick (No. 21 overall) by the Maple Leafs in 2013, has spent most of this season with the Marlies where he has one goal and five assists in 26 games. He has also played 18 games for the big club, scoring two goals and an assist. He last played for the Maple Leafs on Jan. 31. He was skating on the team’s fourth line between Matt Martin and Nikita Soshnikov at the morning skate.

With 48 points in 56 games Marner is still the second leading scorer on the Maple Leafs, just one point behind No. 1 overall pick Auston Matthews. Even though he is out tonight he will still be eligible to return on Thursday night when the team takes on the New York Rangers. Toronto has briefly fallen out of a playoff position in the Eastern Conference, sitting one point behind both the Florida Panthers (third spot in Atlantic Division) and Boston Bruins (second wild card spot).

Marner day-to-day after crashing into boards Wednesday

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 9:  Mitchell Marner #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the St. Louis Blues during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 9, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Blues defeated the Maple Leafs 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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Toronto rookie Mitch Marner is day-to-day with an apparent shoulder injury after being forced to leave Wednesday’s loss in Columbus.

From the Canadian Press:

Leafs head coach Mike Babcock says he doesn’t know if the star rookie will be able to play Saturday against Ottawa.

The 19-year-old winger missed practice on Friday morning.

Marner crashed into the boards late in the second period of the 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets. He tried to stay in the game, but eventually departed for the dressing room early in the third.

Marner has a team-high 48 points in 56 games. The Leafs, currently clinging to the second wild-card spot in the East, certainly won’t want to lose the 19-year-old for long.

If Marner can’t go tomorrow, expect Nikita Soshnikov to take his spot in the lineup.

Oh look, another Maple Leaf is making his NHL debut

TORONTO, ON - MARCH 1: Tobias Lindberg #20 of the Toronto Marlies prepares for a face-off against the Albany Devils during AHL game action on March 1, 2016 at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images)
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Byron Froese, William Nylander, Brendan Leipsic, Kasperi Kapanen, Zach Hyman, Viktor Loov, Garret Sparks, Rinat Valiev, Nikita Soshnikov, Connor Brown and now, Tobias Lindberg.

That is the unique group of players Toronto has unified this season, in that all have made their NHL debuts during the ’15-16 campaign.

The latest, Lindberg, will draw in tonight when the Leafs take on the Sabres in Buffalo.

Lindberg, 20, was part of the package acquired in the Dion Phaneuf-to-Ottawa trade, and was recalled from the AHL earlier this morning. The Sens’ fourth-round pick in 2013, Lindberg racked up 12 points in 19 games with the Marlies before getting his break in the bigs.

It’ll be interesting to see if the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Swede can keep the good times (or, depending on how you look at them, bad times) rolling in Toronto. The club is on a bit of a streak, having gone 7-4-0 in its last 11 — and while that’s probably a good thing for the development of some of these young players, it’s not great for the club’s draft lottery odds.

Brown to become 10th Leaf to make NHL debut this season

Toronto Maple Leafs' Jonathan Bernier, right, stops Connor Brown, left, during NHL hockey training camp at the BMO Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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Byron Froese, William Nylander, Brendan Leipsic, Kasperi Kapanen, Zach Hyman, Viktor Loov, Garret Sparks, Rinat Valiev, Nikita Soshnikov and now, Connor Brown — those are the 10 Toronto Maple Leafs that’ve made their NHL debuts this season.

Well, almost.

Brown, lucky No. 10, has yet to technically make his — but it will happen tonight, as the Leafs take on Florida at the ACC. The 22-year-old’s debut is well deserved, as Brown, a sixth-round pick in 2012, made the AHL All-Star Game last season (his first year of professional hockey) and came back from a broken ankle this year to rack up 24 points in 28 games for the Marlies.

“He was our best kid in training camp for sure, could’ve made our team,” Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said, per the Globe and Mail. “He’s going to be a good NHL player for a long period of time.”

Brown’s debut comes at the expense of Leo Komarov, who’s banged up and will sit tonight. Brown is expected to skate on a line with Milan Michalek and Ben Smith.

Related: Leafs recall another — this time, defenseman Valiev