Looks like Toronto will have another defenseman in the lineup for Friday’s elimination game in Boston.
Mark Fraser, who was hit in the forehead with a puck on Wednesday night, underwent surgery to repair a “cranial” fracture (as per head coach Randy Carlyle) and will be out indefinitely.
Carlyle also said John-Michael Liles will replace Fraser on the blueline.
Liles, 32, has been in and out of the Toronto lineup this season and appeared in just one postseason game — Toronto’s playoff opener, a 4-1 loss to the Bruins at TD Garden.
Liles played 16:13 in Game 1 and went minus-1 while recording one shot on goal.
The loss of Fraser is the second Toronto has suffered on the blueline, as Mike Kostka broke his finger in Game 1 and was lost for the series.