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Help coming: Lupul expects to be back Saturday

Toronto Maple Leafs v Montreal Canadiens

MONTREAL, CANADA - MARCH 3: Joffrey Lupul #19 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates with the puck while being defended by Alexei Emelin #74 of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on March 3, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Canadiens 3-1. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Richard Wolowicz

Toronto forward Joffrey Lupul says he isn’t quite 100 percent, but he’s nonetheless ready to return to the Maple Leafs’ lineup Saturday against Winnipeg after an extended layoff with a fractured forearm.

The Leafs could use all the help they can get. Losers of four straight, including last night’s loss to the Penguins, they’ll face a Jets team that’s won four of five and moved into a playoff spot last night.

Lupul has only played three games this season, registering no points. In January, on the heels of a 67-point 2011-12 campaign, he signed a five-year, $26.25 million contract extension.

Lupul: “It’s not like it was before it was broken, but it’s at a point where the doctor think it’s safe to play.”

— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) March 15, 2013