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, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

Veteran defenceman Jeff Finger, who has missed both regular season games thus far with a bruised foot, continues to skate, and remained on the ice to work with assistant coach Rob Zettler, following team practice yesterday at Lakeshore Lions Arena. It's expected that he'll be ready to play sometime this week.

Another defenceman, however, was missing from practice.

Rookie Jonas Frogren hurt his foot blocking a shot against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday and went for an X-ray yesterday.

"Nothing showed up (after Saturday's game), but you want to err on the side of caution," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said of the rugged Frogren. "We'll have a clear picture of his situation later. If he can't play, we've got a couple of guys who can step in, that we're confident in."

Wilson will insert either Anton Stralman, which is the likely scenario, or Ian White, on defence for this afternoon's game against the St. Louis Blues if Frogren is unable to play.

White had played three pre-season games at forward, but hasn't seen any action in the regular season, nor has Stralman. White said yesterday that he doesn't expect to suit up today, despite being put back on defence for practice yesterday.

"I'd just be happy playing anywhere," a low-key White said, when asked if he had a preference as to playing forward or defence.

TOSKALA STILL THE MAN

Wilson said he will start No. goaltender Vesa Toskala against the St. Blues this afternoon, despite the Finn's shaky showing on Saturday, when he gave up six goals in two periods against the Montreal Canadiens, and was replaced by backup Curtis Joseph to start the third.


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