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Kessel, van Riemsdyk expected in Maple Leafs lineup

Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 1:09 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Toronto Maple Leafs forwards Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk each took part in the morning skate Tuesday after missing parts of practice Monday and appear set to face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday at Air Canada Centre (7 p.m. ET, TSN).

Jonathan Bernier will start in goal for the Maple Leafs, who are looking to snap a two-game losing streak that followed six consecutive wins. It will be Bernier's first career appearance against the Lightning. Toronto is seven points behind second-place Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division.

The Lightning will counter with Ben Bishop, whose 26 wins are tied for third in the NHL, one behind Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks and three behind League-leader Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Lightning forward Martin St. Louis rides a 10-game point streak (eight goals, six assists) into his first game against the Maple Leafs since scoring a hat trick against them in a 5-2 win April 24, 2013.

Here are the possible lineups the Lightning and Maple Leafs will use Tuesday:

LIGHTNING

Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Martin St. Louis

Teddy Purcell - Valtteri Filppula - Alex Killorn

J.T. Brown - Nate Thompson - Nikita Kucherov

B.J. Crombeen - Ryan Malone

Eric Brewer - Radko Gudas

Sami Salo - Victor Hedman

Matthew Carle - Mark Barberio

Keith Aulie

Ben Bishop

Anders Lindback

Scratched: Jean-Philippe Cote, Tom Pyatt

Injured: Steven Stamkos (leg)

MAPLE LEAFS

James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel

Nikolai Kulemin - Nazem Kadri - Joffrey Lupul

Mason Raymond - Peter Holland - Troy Bodie

Carter Ashton - Jay McClement - Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson - Dion Phaneuf

Cody Franson - Tim Gleason

Jake Gardiner - Morgan Rielly

James Reimer

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Mark Fraser, Paul Ranger

Injured: Dave Bolland (ankle), David Clarkson (elbow), Frazer McLaren (shoulder), Trevor Smith (hand)

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery