WASHINGTON - All signs are pointing toward an imminent return to the Maple Leafs lineup by captain Mats Sundin.
Sundin had been aiming for the game tomorrow at the Air Canada Centre against the Boston Bruins to come back from an elbow injury and that remains the plan.
"Everything is good the way it looks, "Sundin said after the morning skate yesterday. "I have no problem shooting the puck or stickhandling to the net."
And those were the biggest concerns after Sundin suffered a small tear of the ligament in his right elbow on Nov. 6 in game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Sundin has been skating for a few weeks, so he should hit the ground running.
In the six games before tonight's match against the Washington Capitals that Sundin missed, the Leafs were 3-2-1.
Coach Paul Maurice said he expects Sundin to play and that a final decision would be made tomorrow morning. It's probable Alexander Suglobov would be scratched to make room for Sundin.
What does Sundin, who was playing well prior to his injury, expect out of himself Saturday?
"(The first game back) is always hard," Sundin said. "It's one thing to be working out and it's another to get back playing, but you just have to go out there and do what you have always done. Work hard and everything else takes care of itself."