"He's progressed along over the last three weeks to a point where the doctors feel, medically, that he's close to 100 percent ready and we just have to make a decision on the last assessment here," Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said prior to the game.
"I don't know if I'll limit his minutes. We'll see how the game goes," Carlyle said. "Obviously you'd like to get more people involved the hockey game. Everybody talks about a four-line game. Four lines this, four lines that but we haven't been really went that mode. We'd like to be able to do that on a more regular basis. With an addition of a Bolland it gives you a little bit more depth throughout your lineup with a veteran guy and it slots people more into where we envisioned them at the beginning of the year."
The Maple Leafs had to make salary cap room for Bolland to play. Forward Carter Ashton was reassigned to the American Hockey League and it is possible forward Peter Holland may have to be sent down as well.
Bolland's return comes with Toronto on a three-game losing streak. The Maple Leafs trail the Canadiens by three points for third place in the Atlantic Division and hold a two-point lead on the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first wild card.
The Canadiens would like to extend their lead on the Maple Leafs and make a run at the Tampa Bay Lightning for second place in the Atlantic.
Here are the projected lineups for the Canadiens and Maple Leafs:
Scratched: Peter Holland