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:
James Van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Leo Komarov – Mikhail Grabovski – Nikolai Kulemin
Clarke MacArthur – Nazem Kadri –- Matt Frattin
Frazer McLaren – Jay McClement –- Colton Orr
Dion Phaneuf – Korbinian Holzer
Carl Gunnarsson – Michael Kostka
Cody Franson – Mark Fraser
Scratched – David Steckel, Mike Komisarek, John-Michael Liles
Injured – Joffrey Lupul
Stefan Matteau – Travis Zajac – David Clarkson
Patrik Elias – Andrei Loktionov – Ilya Kovalchuk
Alexei Ponikarovsky – Adam Henrique – Steve Bernier
Ryan Carter – Stephen Gionta – Krystofer Barch
Bryce Salvador – Mark Fayne
Andy Greene – Adam Larsson
Henrik Tallinder – Marek Zidlicky
Scratched – Anton Volchenkov, Peter Harrold
Injured – Martin Brodeur