Joe Thornton's return to the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup is, at last, on the horizon.

Thornton, who has missed 10 consecutive games with a fractured rib, told reporters on Sunday that he "can't wait to play tomorrow" against the Ottawa Senators.

"[The injury] was unfortunate, but I feel really good now and I can't wait to play tomorrow," Thornton said. "I've got the proper pads and I've been taking some light hits and some big hits and medium hits. Right now, I feel really good. I have no restrictions."

During Sunday's practice, Thornton skated on a line with Auston Matthews and Mitchell Marner, the duo he primarily played with in the first five games this season.