Leafs' Komisarek 'probable'

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:31 PM ET

Injured defenceman Mike Komisarek should be able to play against the Minnesota Wild tomorrow night at the ACC -- more good news for a Maple Leafs team showing signs of improvement.

"He skated before our practice today and he's probable," coach Ron Wilson said today at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke.

Komisarek, a minute munching blueliner, suffered a lower-body injury in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Red Wings in a collision with Todd Bertuzzi, though Wilson won't get into details.

The Leafs had an injury-free run through their current seven-game points' streak (3-0-4). All their troubles were at the start of the season with Kessel coming off shoulder surgery, Mike Van Ryn developing a season-ending knee problem and Viktor Stalberg, Jonas Gustavsson and Vesa Toskala all getting hurt during camp or early in October.

Gustavsson is ready to start his fourth straight game against the Wild, coming off back-to-back wins against Carolina and Montreal with no flare-up of his groin injury. He could conceivably play the next back-to-back set, Friday in Chicago and then home against Calgary.

"I don't worry too much about what will happen in future games," Gustavsson said of holding his No. 1 status ahead of Vesa Toskala.

Wilson is not likely to change any of his forward lines after striking it rich with John Mitchell centring Phil Kessel and Jason Blake. Kessel scored his first as a Leaf on Saturday, while Mitchell has goals in consecutive games. But that means Matt Stajan stays on the fourth line for now between Colton Orr and Wayne Primeau.

Tomorrow's game is just the eighth between the Leafs and Wild since the latter joined the NHL a decade ago. The Leafs have a 5-2 edge and the game marks new Minnesota general manager Chuck Fletcher's first head-to-head match against his father Cliff, who is a senior advisor with the Leafs. Centre Rickard Wallin, who also played for the Wild prior to the lockout, will also see a couple of familiar faces.

Today's lines in practice:

Jason Blake-John Mitchell-Phil Kessel

Alexei Ponikarovsky-Mikhail Grabovski-Nikolai Kulemin

Niklas Hagman-Rickard Wallin-Lee Stempniak

Wayne Primeau-Matt Stajan-Colton Orr


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