Toronto Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul is expected to undergo knee surgery.
The surgery will likely force Lupul out of the Leafs' lineup for the remainder of the regular season.
Recovery from the surgery to his meniscus is expected to take Lupul at least three weeks.
In 69 games with the Leafs this season, the 30-year-old has scored 22 goals and added 22 assists.
While Lupul played just over 12 minutes in the Leafs' Saturday night loss to the Winnipeg Jets, he was a late scratch for the team's crucial tilt last Thursday against the Boston Bruins.
Lupul missed seven games in December with a groin strain and two games in October with a bruised foot.
The Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. native has battled injuries throughout his careers, having played fewer than 70 games in every season dating back to 2008-09 when he appeared in 79 games with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Toronto is currently 10th in the Eastern Conference, three points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets who currently hold the final wild card playoff berth. The Leafs have three regular season games remaining while Columbus and the ninth-place New Jersey Devils (who also have 84 points) have four games left on their respective schedules.