Joseph, who starred with the Maple Leafs for four seasons before signing with the defending Stanley Cup champions on July 2, did not play at Toronto on November 16, when Kirk Maltby and rookie Henrik Zetterberg tallied to lead the Red Wings to a 2-1 victory. Backup Manny Legace came within 10 seconds of a shutout in his hometown and finished with 30 saves.
The 35-year-old Joseph is 23-16-6 with a 2.60 goals-against average and is expected to be in the nets Thursday.
Joseph’s replacement, 37-year-old Ed Belfour is 30-16-3 with a 2.16 GAA.
Toronto has gone 11-2 over its last 13 contests, including a 5-2 home triumph over the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
Sundin is two points shy of 1,000 for his career.
Detroit also is streaking, having gone 6-0-0-1 in its last seven games.
On Monday, the Red Wings welcomed back captain Steve Yzerman, who had missed the team’s first 61 games after undergoing surgery on his right knee in early August, and posted a 5-4 win over Los Angeles.