Devereaux return up in air

TERRY KOSHAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:13 AM ET

Boyd Devereaux might be healthy enough to return to the Maple Leafs lineup tomorrow night in St. Louis but that does not give him an automatic spot.

Devereaux has been nursing a slightly sprained ankle, an injury suffered in a game against Montreal on Jan. 27, and has missed the past three games. Devereaux's bread and butter is his speed, and in practising yesterday for the first time since he suffered the injury, did not look hampered. He will have a better idea today.

"If he comes in and is not swollen and feels good, he will be ready," coach Paul Maurice said. "I would put him in, but I don't know if I will. I know he will get back in the lineup. I can't guarantee when that will be." Devereaux has been a nice sparkplug for the Leafs since being called up from the Toronto Marlies, and has pitched in with two goals and six assists in 12 games. But the Leafs won each of the three games he has missed, and knows that he might not automatically be re-inserted.

"It's tough to say," Devereaux said. "The guys are playing well and that is great. I'll just go with whatever I am given."

As for his ankle, Devereaux said after the 35-minute practice at Lakeshore Lions Arena that it was "strong and stable, and I am pretty happy with it."

STAYING INDOORS

The Leafs were scheduled to practise outside this morning at the rink on the West Mall in Etobicoke but Maurice decided against it after seeing the forecast for more frigid weather.

More than 250 students from a couple of nearby schools were to be in attendance, and instead will be at the workout now scheduled for Lakeshore Lions Arena. The Leafs will try to have an outdoor practice at a later date.

"We have the toques and high-tech underwear and all that other stuff, so (the cancellation) is more about the kids," Maurice said.

BRIEFLY

Defenceman Andy Wozniewski had an assist for the Marlies on Saturday in his first game of a conditioning stint ... Bryan McCabe leads the Leafs with 92 blocked shots, but also has a team-high 76 giveaways. The teammate to whom McCabe often is compared, Tomas Kaberle, has been charged with 46 giveaways and 50 blocked shots.


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