The Toronto Maple Leafs are currently on a three-day break from the grueling, shortened NHL schedule, and it gives them a chance to reboot, recharge and get some much-needed rest before they start fresh on Monday against New Jersey.
The break also gives all their nicks and dings a chance to heal up. And as each day passes, two key offensive contributors are inching closer and closer to a return to the lineup.
Young winger Matt Frattin is the closest to returning and could be back in the lineup as early as next week. Frattin was on fire before pain and discomfort in his surgically repaired knee forced him on the shelf.
Veteran leader and first-line All-Star Joffrey Lupul's return is on the horizon as well, and the Leafs are going to be faced with some tough choices up front when both men are healthy to return.
Every Leaf forward in the current lineup has contributed to the team's success so far this season, from the grit and speed of Leo Komarov, to the toughness and intimidation of Frazer McLaren. It is going to be tough for Randy Carlyle to take some of these guys out of a fairly hot lineup, but he will have to make room somewhere on the lines for these two skilled contributors.
What should the Leafs do when Frattin and Lupul are healthy and ready to go?