The Maple Leafs will be in one piece to face the Oilers on Saturday night and that includes defenceman Cody Franson, centre Dave Bolland and backbone Jonathan Bernier.
Franson wore a full bubble cage at Friday’s practice at the MasterCard Centre after getting rocked face-first into a staunchion at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville during Thursday’s 4-0 win. Badly cut, he took about five stitches on the bridge of his nose. It was an uncomfortable plane ride home as cabin pressure built, but he intends to play against Edmonton.
“No (concussion) symptoms,” Franson said. “Other than the pain, it’s pretty good.”
Mike Fisher, who hit him from behind and was ejected for boarding, sent Franson a text Thursday night to make sure he was OK. Franson is a former teammate and underlined that Fisher is not known for such hits. But the league might still investigate.