Brown, Sjostrom return to Leafs

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:36 PM ET

TORONTO - After a big win at home to wipe away the taste of a nasty drubbing earlier in the week, the Leafs get some reinforcements for their next assignment.

High-energy forwards Mike Brown, who missed three games due to suspension, and Freddie Sjostrom who has missed five games over the past few weeks due to injury, both are expected to return for Saturday’s high-profile visitors to the Air Canada Centre, the Washington Capitals.

“It felt good in practice, I’m ready,” said Sjostrom, who has been bothered by a leg injury that has limited his skating power. “It’s what I needed to see today.

To make room for the additions, the Leafs sent forward Marcel Mueller back to the Marlies following his first three-game taste of NHL play.

Also it’s uncertain whether enforcer Colton Orr will be back in the lineup after banging his head on the ice in Thursday’s 5-2 win over the Ducks. Wilson said Orr had a “nasty bump” on his forehead.

“We’re just being cautious,” Wilson said. “We’re not even sure if he has any injuries but we want to make sure he’s all right. Every one’s attuned to concussions these days, but we want to make sure he’s all right.”

The Leafs rebounded nicely on Thursday night with a solid team effort to record a 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks in a performance that looked nothing like the 7-0 pounding they suffered to the Rangers in New York the previous night.

Saturday's contest will be the third meeting between the Caps and the Leafs this season, with each team winning once in a shootout.

Washington hasn’t scored more than three goals in a game in its last 12 outings (6-2-4, 2.17 goals per game).

Last season the Capitals averaged 3.82 goals per game.


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