December 13, 2010
Leafs’ Schenn fine, Komisarek improving
By LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency
TORONTO - The Leafs escaped one injury to a defenceman at practice and received good news on another before leaving for Western Canada on Monday afternoon.
Luke Schenn departed the workout after taking a puck on the unpadded part of the inside of his knee, a painful sensation that sent him limping to the dressing room. “It just really stung and I couldn’t put a ton of weight on it,” said Schenn, who has been the most reliable player at his position this season. “I got some ice on it and it’ll be fine.”
Another defenceman, Mike Komisarek, made it through a full practice with his sore hand not bothering him as much as thought. He could play Tuesday in Edmonton, if coach Ron Wilson wants to risk it. Komisarek has missed two games.
“He’s looking OK, but we’re not going to put him in until he’s 100%, because we have people who are healthy,” Wilson said.
There was no sign of right winger Mike Brown, who badly broke an index finger blocking a shot in a game against Tampa Bay on Nov. 30 and will be out at least another two weeks. Asked what the damaged digit looked like when Brown returned to the dressing room that night from the clinic, winger Colby Armstrong said: “It’s hard to explain. It looked bent, like a question mark.”
REMEMBER THE ALAM-OIL
The 5-0 licking the Oilers put on Toronto 12 days ago was very much on the minds of the Leafs as they prepared for their next game, Tuesday in Edmonton.
“That was a pretty embarrassing game for us,” Albertan winger Kris Versteeg said. “We played the way we wanted to in the first period and it went downhill from there. We have to have push-back. Now we want to give them a game that they won’t want to forget.
“We owe them,” added Komisarek.
Wilson said the Leafs only have to remind themselves what tactics earned them two points on Saturday against Montreal.
“We have to take that same approach to other teams,” Wilson said. “We’re playing some .500 teams outside of Vancouver, teams that have struggled a little bit. If we change our approach, we’ll be in trouble. So we have to dig in, play well defensively and go in the dangerous areas to score.”
JIGGY GETS START
Jean-Sebastien Giguere gets the start in goal in Edmonton after being tossed in midway through a rocky outing by Jonas Gustavsson the last time the teams met. Giguere’s overall record against the Oilers is an unimpressive 5-12-1-2, but the thought is his familiarity with Rexall Place will be some advantage.
“We’ll see how it goes,” Wilson said of who plays the rest of the trip. “I haven’t planned it beyond (Tuesday).”
Giguere played parts of two seasons in Calgary between 1998-2000. Another unlikely homecoming will be winger Fredrik Sjostrom. Though he was in Calgary for just 46 games last season before being dealt to Toronto, he made the wise decision to leave Europe as a teenager and prove himself with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen. He had 127 points in two seasons after Phoenix picked him 11th overall in 2001.