Two days after a close 4-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, the head coach will go with the same lineup against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night as the team continues to battle the injury bug.
Andrew Raycroft will be back in net looking to help the Leafs to their third win in four games and Erik Westrum will get his second NHL start with the Maple Leafs since being recalled from the American Hockey League last week.
After the morning skate, Maurice said there hasn’t been much progress with any of the team’s injured forwards.
Nik Antropov skated Tuesday and is expected to remain out for at least another week nursing his sprained ankle.
Darcy Tucker hasn’t been back on the ice since injuring his ankle and will need some time to get back in playing shape once he does.
Alexei Ponikarovsky, who has missed time with a shoulder injury, might be the first to return to the lineup. Maurice said he could be back as soon as Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks.
Kyle Wellwood is still bothered by a sore hip . He hasn’t been able to receive any treatment for the injury and has been resting for the past week.
“I’ve just got to wait for it to heal and it hasn’t happened yet,” he said. “As long as there are some guys stepping up and playing awesome . . . it kind of gives you an extra day or two to rest it.”