Lupul was a full participant at Maple Leafs practice this morning, but his status for Saturday's game remains up in the air.
Lupul has missed the last five games with a groin injury that he suffered on November 25 against the Blue Jackets. He was expected to miss two weeks so if he returns tomorrow it would be a few days earlier than expected, but his particpation in practice suggests that he should be good to go. Monitor his status during Saturday's morning skate.
The Maple Leafs have placed Tyler Bozak (strained oblique) on injured reserve.
An MRI revealed a strained oblique that will keep Bozak out for an "extended period of time". The Maple Leafs recalled Jerry D'Amigo and Josh Leivo today and Nazem Kadri will replace Bozak on the top-line.
Lupul says he is day-to-day with a groin strain, he is uncertain if he will be available for the weekends games.
Lupul skated for the second straight day and appears to be progressing rather quickly. He was expected to miss two weeks, so if he plays this weekend he would be a few days ahead of schedule. Monitor his status as the weekend approaches.
An MRI revealed an oblique strain for Bozak, he is out indefinitely.
Head coach Randy Carlyle said that Bozak will be out for "an extended period of time". This is a tough break for the Leafs who's injury woes continue. He has already missed a month this season with a hamstring injury.
After leaving practice early yesterday, Kessel will play tonight.
Kessel has a four game point streak going (3G / 1A) and has a total of 15 goals and 10 assists (25 points) in 28 games. His 15 goals has him tied with Sidney Crosby for fifth in the NHL. With Tyler Bozak out, he will likely skate with Nazem Kadri and James van Riemsdyk.
Bernier allowed four goals on 39 shots in a loss to the Canadiens on Saturday. He has struggled as of late, allowed 13 goals in his last three starts - totalling a 4.13 GAA and .888 SV%. He will look to get back on track tonight at home vs. the Stars.
Kessel left practice early today with an undisclosed ailment.
Head coach Randy Carlyle said that "Kessel did not feel good in one part of his body" and asked to be excused from the workout. It does not sound like Kessel is dealing with anything serious, so he should be in the lineup tomorrow vs. the Stars.
Franson (lower-body) will return to the Maple Leafs lineup on Thursday.
Franson missed the last two games after being injured on Friday vs. Buffalo. Franson leads the Leafs with 13 assists, but is still in search of his first goal. Morgan Rielly will likely be scratched with Franson returning.
The Maple Leafs have placed Jerred Smithson on waivers.
Smithson has played in 13 games with the Maple Leafs, averaged 10:20 TOI, has no points, a minus-4 rating and one shot on goal. He is on a two-way contract so there will be no cap-hit if he is claimed from waivers.
Lupul is likely still a week away from returning to the Maple Leafs lineup, but his return to the ice this morning with the team, albeit as an extra, is a good sign for the winger. The Maple Leafs are hampered by injuries, so Lupul return would be immense.
It is not really surprising that he is not on the ice after just suffering the injury last night. The Leafs will release a full injury update on Bozak in the next couple of days after he is re-evaluated. He already missed a month with a hamstring issue earlier this season.