Wozniewski to return

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

Paul Maurice has thus far refused to sit a "name" defenceman to underline dissatisfaction with the club's poor own-zone play, but an injury to Bryan McCabe might force a change tonight in Pittsburgh.

McCabe was excused from practice with what the coach called a mild muscle strain, listing the him as "possible to probable." for the Pens. Maurice said Andy Wozniewski will return to the blue line tonight, which could bump Anton Stralman after one game. Staffan Kronwall is on the trip, as a precaution.

GO BACK JACK

The Leafs' lucky string of facing six backup goalies hits the wall tonight when Marc-Andre Fleury opposes them. Fleury took over from the injured Dany Sabourin in a 6-4 win at the ACC on Oct. 13. Fleury is coming off a 1-0 win over the Rangers on Tuesday.

"We didn't get off to our best start, but the last three games (all wins), we've been working hard on team defence," Fleury said yesterday.

GOLDEN OLDIE

Rarely will Mats Sundin take exception to a media question, but he was quick to correct a TV reporter who yesterday referred to him as 37-year-old.

"I'm 36," said Sundin, who was being asked about what many consider a career-best start, 17 points in 10 games and a share of the NHL scoring lead before last night with Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg.

Sundin and Nik Antropov (12 points) are in the NHL's top 10. The last time the Leafs had someone in that elite group at season's end was Sundin with 94 points in 1996-97, putting him seventh.

LOOSE LEAFS

The Marlies will hold their own Pink Ribbon Night for Saturday's 8 p.m. home game against Hamilton in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Marlies and Bulldogs will have a pink ribbon on their helmets. Foundation volunteers, along with Marlies' wives and girlfriends will collect cash donations ... Trying to find another way to say injured winger Darcy Tucker is "the straw that stirs the drink." Sportnet analyst and Greek food enthusiast Nick Kypreos said "he's the tzatziki on their souvlaki."


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