Looks like Nieuwendyk will be in the lineup

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 4:52 PM ET


  The Leafs are hoping that Joe will be able to blow through the Wachovia Center and inflict major some damage on the Philadelphia Flyers.

 For the second consecutive day, Toronto centre Joe Nieuwendyk looked loose and energetic during workouts at the Air Canada Centre, and it is believed he will be ready to play this afternoon for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semi-final.

 "I hope so," said Nieuwendyk, who has five goals in seven playoff games. "We'll cross that bridge (today).

 "But I hope to be there."

 Having a healthy Nieuwendyk, with his scoring touch and speed, will take some pressure off Mats Sundin, who is expected to face another tight checking job today from Flyers centre Keith Primeau.

 Nieuwendyk has missed four playoff games because of recurring back spasms. If he plays, Clarke Wilm likely will sit.

 Winger Mikael Renberg was also said to be ready to play, but yesterday he said he tweaked his hamstring injury and is likely done. But it was unlikely Quinn would have tinkered with a lineup that has won two straight.

 As for rugged winger Owen Nolan, Quinn said he "is still not on the screen yet as far as coming back. He's saying he feels like he's getting close. But I think that's a lot of heart talking, although he has been improving," Quinn said.

 "The soreness is beginning to disappear and there's still the possibility we might see him in the playoffs."


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