November 10, 2015
TORONTO – When the Marlies head back out on the road to face the St. John’s IceCaps on Friday they’ll most likely be without prospect Kasperi Kapanen.
The 19-year-old Kapanen suffered an injury last Friday against the Utica Comets after being checked and missed practice on Tuesday for the second day in a row.
“He’s still day-to-day,” said Marlies coach Sheldon Keefe. “We’ll make a decision here in the next little bit, but right now it doesn’t look like he’ll join us for the weekend.”
Kapanen returned to action against the Comets and finished the game, but didn’t dress in Saturday’s contest against Hartford.
Tuesday morning the speedy Finn skated on his own without equipment for about 15 minutes prior to the Marlies taking the ice. The plan is for him to have treatment in Toronto and be ready for action when the Marlies return home late next week.
Keefe says it’s some sort of back issue that’s ailing Kapanen.
“Little bit of back issues, and some spasms,” said Keefe. “Just bumps and bruises, nothing too serious, just needs a little time.”
Kapanen has four goals in nine games with the Marlies. He got off to a slow start to the season after sitting out the first two games with what the team called a virus, but found the back of the net in back-to-back outings before his setback.
Toronto is already without prospect Connor Brown, who is sidelined with a broken bone in his ankle.
The Marlies are currently riding a five-game win streak and play the IceCaps Friday and Saturday before wrapping up their road trip next Wednesday in Rochester. They return to the Ricoh on Saturday Nov. 21 and will host the Americans.