Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul has a grade two groin strain and will not travel to Pittsburgh for the beginning of a three-game road trip on Wednesday.

Head coach Randy Carlyle announced the news at the Leafs' morning skate on Tuesday. Carlyle told reporters it would be a "miracle" for him to play on the weekend.

The Leafs' road trip continues Friday in Buffalo and Saturday in Montreal.

Lupul was injured during Monday's loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. He appeared to hurt himself in the second period during a battle in the corner with Jackets defenceman Ryan Murray.

Lupul went to the dressing room after the play and did not return to the game.