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Maple Leafs attempt to improve on road mark

Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 2:34 PM

By Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Maple Leafs attempt to improve on road mark

WINNIPEG -- The Toronto Maple Leafs return to the friendly environment of the road Tuesday night when they meet the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre.

Toronto (15-10-1) has posted a 9-5-0 mark away from Air Canada Centre, where coach Randy Carlyle's club is fresh off a 5-4 shootout loss Saturday evening to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Toronto has collected points in four of its past five games. After facing the Jets, the Maple Leafs meet Pittsburgh again Thursday to begin a three-game homestand.

It was thought that Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulemin and Matt Frattin, who returned against Pittsburgh after a knee injury sidelined him for 12 games, might form a new second line for Toronto. Carlyle shrugged aside the notion, however.

"That's just to give [the media] something to talk about, because [they] like to talk about those things," Carlyle said with a smile.

James Reimer will make his fifth start in Toronto's past six games. Reimer has registered back-to-back outings of 40-plus saves.

Here is the Maple Leafs' possible lineup:

James van RiemsdykTyler BozakPhil Kessel

Leo KomarovMikhail GrabovskiNikolai Kulemin

Clarke MacArthurNazem KadriMatt Frattin

Frazer McLarenJay McClementColton Orr

Dion PhaneufKorbinian Holzer

Carl Gunnarson – Mike Kostka

Cody FransonMark Fraser

James Reimer

Ben Scrivens

Injured: Joffrey Lupul (forearm)

Scratched: Mike Komisarek, John-Michael Liles

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That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

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