Ahead of their last home game of the season, Toronto Maple Leafs
forward Joffrey Lupul
was on the ice Thursday morning. He skated for the first time since succumbing to a shoulder injury on March 6. He will not be in the lineup against Tampa and will also miss the final game of the season in Montreal.
"Hopefully another week or so of rehab and working on some things and I'll be ready 100 percent," said the 28-year-old Lupul, who was arguably Toronto's most valuable player this season before the injury. He had a career-high 67 points in 66 games.
Lupul, who has faced his fair share of set backs throughout his career, feels the timing of the injury could not have been worse.
"It was extra tough because we we're still in the midst of a playoff chase," he said. "We had been struggling right before I went out, and then to watch what happened over the next couple of weeks was pretty difficult. ... Everything went wrong, we didn't get the job done as a team."
Fellow Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski
, who is recovering from a leg laceration suffered this past Saturday, also hit the ice but is not expected to play Thursday evening.
Tampa did not hold a skate after playing last night in Montreal, falling to the Canadiens, 5-2.
Here are the Maple Leafs' projected lines:
- Tyler Bozak
- Phil Kessel
- Matthew Lombardi - Joey Crabb
- David Steckel
- Mike Brown
- Carter Ashton
- Colby Armstrong
- Mike Komisarek
John Michael-Liles - Luke Schenn
- Cody Franson