Steen has 'upper body injury'

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

Leafs coach Pat Quinn is quick to knock on the nearest piece of wood anytime the subject of injuries is raised.

Toronto is enjoying a very fortunate run as far as its traditional bouts with long-term ailments go. And with Alex Steen at the doctor for the second time in three days, the coach probably spent most of yesterday looking for a lumber yard.

Steen has a nagging mystery upper body injury, though he didn't look hindered Tuesday night against the Kings. He led all forwards in the game with 23 minutes one second of ice time, with three shots on goal and two hits.

"Nothing's showing up (on x-rays), but he's still having a little trouble with an upper body part," Quinn said.

Defenceman Staffan Kronwall (right knee) could be ready for Monday's game against Anaheim. He came out to join the Leafs halfway through practice at Lakeshore Lions Arena.

"I feel improvements every day," the big rookie said. "A lot of it has to do with what's in your head. You know it's not 100% and sometimes you cheat out there and don't put any weight on it. If I make those (mental) improvements, I'll feel confident to use my full strength.

"It's a bit sore, but there's no swelling or fluid. That's a good sign."

If Kronwall comes back, the Leafs will face a decision between returning him to the farm or Carlo Colaiacovo. Quinn also said a continuation of the Leafs' losing ways into next week will see forwards Clarke Wilm, Wade Belak and Mariusz Czerkawski re-inserted into the lineup.

WELLWOOD CAN'T SCORE

The way he has been flying around the rink in his first 28 NHL games, it's hard to believe forward Kyle Wellwood has gone 11 games with no goals and just two assists.

"It's to be expected," Wellwood said. "I've never been much of a goal scorer in my rookie year (with Belleville of the OHL or the St. John's Maple Leafs) and this is a new level. I just seem to be shy around the net and I don't have the confidence to put it in.

"As of now, I'm getting in the right position and doing the right things, but I just don't have that extra sense to make the puck go in. I think it's just a mental thing. They start going in for you, you feel the confidence."


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