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Maple Leafs could get Frattin back vs. Devils

Monday, 03.04.2013 / 12:37 PM

By Neil Acharya - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Maple Leafs could get Frattin back vs. Devils

TORONTO -- Whether forward Matt Frattin returns to the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup will be a game-time decision according to senior vice-president and general manager Dave Nonis. Frattin has not played since Feb. 11 because of a knee injury, but was on the ice at the morning skate.

If he does play, he is expected to skate on a line with Nazem Kadri and Clarke MacArthur. Kadri, coming off his first career hat trick, is excited at the prospect of reuniting with Frattin.

"I can't wait, I've been waiting for him to come back since he went down," Kadri said. "He is a good player and obviously we have some chemistry together and hopefully we pick up where we left off."

In the event Frattin is unable to play, it is likely that Jay McClement will be inserted on the wing and David Steckel will center the fourth line between Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren.

Frattin has seven goals and three assists in 10 games this season.

James Reimer will get the start in goal for the Maple Leafs while the New Jersey Devils are expected to counter with Johan Hedberg.

Since Martin Brodeur was injured on Feb. 23 in the pre-game warm-up, Hedberg has struggled in the starting role. In his past four games, Hedberg, 39, has gone 0-3-1 with a 3.23 goals-against average and .854 save percentage.

Here's how the lineups could look for Monday's game:

MAPLE LEAFS

James Van RiemsdykTyler BozakPhil Kessel

Leo KomarovMikhail GrabovskiNikolai Kulemin

Clarke MacArthurNazem Kadri –- Matt Frattin

Frazer McLarenJay McClement –- Colton Orr

Dion PhaneufKorbinian Holzer

Carl GunnarssonMichael Kostka

Cody FransonMark Fraser

James Reimer

Ben Scrivens

Scratched – David Steckel, Mike Komisarek, John-Michael Liles

Injured – Joffrey Lupul

DEVILS

Stefan MatteauTravis ZajacDavid Clarkson

Patrik EliasAndrei LoktionovIlya Kovalchuk

Alexei PonikarovskyAdam HenriqueSteve Bernier

Ryan CarterStephen GiontaKrystofer Barch

Bryce SalvadorMark Fayne

Andy GreeneAdam Larsson

Henrik TallinderMarek Zidlicky

Johan Hedberg

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched – Anton Volchenkov, Peter Harrold

Injured – Martin Brodeur

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