Now 1-5 in games after defeating an opponent by 4 or more goals after a 6-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks in the annual Hockey Day in Canada game Saturday Night, the Toronto Maple Leafs now begin a roadtrip where they visit their opponents for 7 of their next 8 games when they play the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight (7:30PMET).
Inconsistency continues to be the story with the Leafs, who not only follow up wins with losses, but "good" wins with "bad" losses, the loss in Vancouver being the latest example.
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Toronto continues to walk the fine line of .500, while Goaltender Andrew Raycroft continues to shoulder the blame for the Leafs' woes.
Captain Mats Sundin made it clear that he doesn't agree.
Raycroft is 18-15-4, with a 3.07 Goals Against Average and .892 Save Percentage in 37 games played.Mats Sundin said:"It is heartbreaking. For a guy who plays his heart out and has, in my opinion, had a f-----g pretty solid first half of the season..."
The Leafs will continue to be without the same players they were missing from the line-up in their win over the Buffalo Sabres Thursday night, with forwards Darcy Tucker (foot), Alexei Ponikarovsky (shoulder), Kyle Wellwood (hip), and Defenceman Ian White (shoulder) all out with injuries.
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Meanwhile, Mats Sundin continues to lead the team in points with 41 in 39 Games played (18G, 23a), as the Leafs are now 10th in the Eastern Conference with a 20-20-6 record overall, and 10-12-3 record at home.
Their 46 Points in 46 Games also rank them 4th in their division, just 2 Points up on the Boston Bruins, and 19 back of the Division leading Buffalo Sabres.
The Lightning, originally inconsitent at the time of their last game against the Maple Leafs, are currently riding a 5-game winning streak and are now tied with the New York Rangers for 7th in the Eastern Conference. Tampa Bay's 50 points in 47 Games, put them 4 up on the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders.
The team's spark as of late due in big part to the outstanding play of forwards Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis, both ranked 2nd in the NHL in Point with 62 in 47 games played, 4 back of Sidney Crosby. ([Lecavlier - 28G, 34A], [St. Louis - 29G, 33A]).
Both players have been named to the All-Star game to be played in Dallas, along with Maple Leafs Defenceman Tomas Kaberle.
Tampa 24-21-2) is most recently coming off of a win over the New York Islanders.
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Goaltender Johan Holmqvist has all but taken over the starting job, going 13-9-0 and having a 2.88 Goals Against Average and .890 Save Percentage in 23 Games played.
Other Lightning Goaltender, Marc Denis 3.10 has a Goals Against Average and .881 Save Percentage. In 27 Games he is 10-12-2.
This will be the 3rd meeting between the two teams, with Toronto winning the 1st two 2-1 in Tampa and the last 5-4 in Toronto.