Lupul in, Kozun out for Leafs vs. Jets
The Toronto Maple Leafs will have Joffrey Lupul back in the lineup tonight when they play host to the Winnipeg Jets.
The forward has missed four games due to a lower body injury.
As for who comes out of the lineup, coach Peter Horachek says it’s a tough decision.
“Most likely it’ll be (Brandon) Kozun. I liked the way he’s played,” said Horachek. “I like what he’s brought. He had some really good energy. Kind of makes you feel bad about the situation, but he’s a young player that’s got a lot of time coming forward. That’s the most likely choice.”
Kozun scored his first career NHL goal in the Leafs’ 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night. Kozun has two points in eight games with the Leafs this season while averaging under eight minutes in ice times.
Injuries have limited Lupul to 32 games where he has nine goals and 10 assists.
Tonight marks the second and final meeting between the two clubs this season. The Jets beat the Leafs 5-1 on Jan. 3. It was Randy Carlyle’s final game behind Toronto’s bench.
Since then the Leafs have gone 2-15-2 including five straight (0-4-1) without a win.