Pogge Gets the Nod, Van Ryn Returns
Tonight, the Leafs will play the Minnesota Wild. Justin Pogge will be joining the Leafs for the affair and will get his second start this season. Mike Van Ryn, despite feeling well over the last week, has finally been cleared to play for the Blue and White after suffering a mild concussion in mid December.
It will be his second appearance, and is confirmed by Ron Wilson to be only a one game stint. Since both Joseph and Toskala have not skated in a few days due to the All-Star break, both Wilson and Burke felt it to be a good idea to bring up the fresh Justin Pogge for tonightâ€™s game.
On Thursday, the Leafs will visit the Colorado Avalanche and will see Darcy Tucker and Andrew Raycroft â€“ both would love to get the win and stick it to their former club. It also marks a potential return for Jeff Finger, who suffered an upper body injury on January 9th.
The Leafs have a tough week ahead of them â€“ Wild tonight, Avalanche Thursday, Penguins Saturday â€“ but with returnees from injury, they hope to get some momentum going and jump out of their recent slump. If they do not, the team could find themselves in the bottom 3 of the league as early as Friday morning.
Micheal A. Aldred