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Fraser eager for opportunity

Returns to lineup in Toronto

Wednesday, 02.9.2011 / 4:16 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Anton Volchenkov's suspension is an opportunity for Mark Fraser, who has been a healthy scratch for the last four games.

"Absolutely it is," said Fraser, who was paired with Colin White at Wednesday's practice and will play in Toronto. "It doesn't necessarily matter for me what the circumstances are, it's just nice to find my way back into the lineup."

Fraser has two assists and a plus-2 in 16 games this season. A broken hand he suffered during the preseason required surgery and kept him out of action for 34 games from Oct. 15 to Jan. 1.

He's eager to get back, and has been working hard to refine his game.

"It's puck decisions," he said. "The last few games before I was taken out, it was just not playing comfortable out there for whatever reason. It's going to be important for me to just keep things simple the way I would typically play and just let things happen naturally. For a while I was thinking too much about making a mistake, and that's often what leads to making a mistake.

"So it's just keeping things simple in my own end, moving the puck to the first guy who's open and trying to bring back that physical element."

He'll have both of his siblings and an uncle at the Air Canada Centre to see his return to the lineup.

"It'll be a good game for me to come back," he said.

Notes
Martin Brodeur, who's day to day with a knee sprain, will not make the trip to Toronto.

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