Lupul expects to play against Jets

Joffrey Lupul's anticipated comeback Saturday against Winnipeg, which could pass the Leafs with a...

Joffrey Lupul's anticipated comeback Saturday against Winnipeg, which could pass the Leafs with a regulation win, gives Toronto a full lineup for the first time since Jan. 23. (Jack Boland/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:11 AM ET

The Maple Leafs undersold their success in January and February without point-a-night winger Joffrey Lupul.

But in the wake of a season-high four-game losing streak, Lupul’s return is being hailed as a hedge against losing their playoff status. Lupul’s anticipated comeback Saturday against Winnipeg, which could pass the Leafs with a regulation win, gives Toronto a full lineup for the first time since Jan. 23. That’s the night Lupul was downed by friendly fire, a Dion Phaneuf rocket that broke his forearm.

“I’m sure I’ll be in,” said Lupul, who received a doctor’s clearance and just as meaningful, given coach Randy Carlyle his word that he’s ready after a week of regular practice. “Unless there’s some sort of change, I’m preparing to play.

“There will be some rust, but I’m definitely looking forward to making an impact.”


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