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Suspended Maple Leafs F David Clarkson to play preseason game before regular-season ban begins

The Maple Leafs will have suspended forward David Clarkson in their lineup for a preseason game against the Ottawa Senators.

Clarkson received an automatic 10-game suspension from the NHL — that doesn't begin until the regular season — for leaving the bench to join a fight.

Clarkson is allowed to play in preseason games, including Tuesday night's home game.

Toronto coach Randy Carlyle says it is important for Clarkson to play as much as possible before he is forced to sit out.

Clarkson will travel with the Maple Leafs to Montreal and Philadelphia for their first two regular-season games and practice.

Fellow forward Phil Kessel might also be facing a suspension when he has a disciplinary telephone hearing with the league on Tuesday. That will determine whether Kessel plays Tuesday against Ottawa.