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Game Day Preview

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
GAME: Anaheim Mighty Ducks (2-4-2-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (2-6-1-0).

TIME: Monday, 7:30 p.m. EST.

The Toronto Maple Leafs probably couldn't be happier to welcome the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to Air Canada Centre.

Struggling through an unexpectedly awful start, the Leafs seem to have a good opportunity to end their four-game winless streak (0-3-1).

The Ducks have rarely had success in Toronto, going 2-8-4 there since entering the league in the 1993-94 season. Plus, Anaheim is winless in three road games since winning at St. Louis in its season opener.

Toronto, though, can't beat anyone at home lately.

With just two wins in nine games this season, the Leafs have dropped five of six at home.
Alex Mogilny looks to get his team back on track.
Graig Abel Photography


"The way we're playing right now, we'll be out of it shortly," said winger Alexander Mogilny, whose Leafs finished with the league's third-best record last season.

Toronto has dropped the first three games of a seven-game homestand, including a 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday. Rangers winger Pavel Bure scored with 57 seconds remaining to hand Toronto the loss.

"Every mistake we make ends up in the net," defenseman Bryan McCabe said.

"It just keeps coming back to bite us."

The Mighty Ducks, meanwhile, are coming off Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. While the defeat ended their three-game unbeaten streak (1-0-2), the Mighty Ducks have just one win in their last seven (1-4-2).

Petr Sykora scored twice, Mike Leclerc had a goal and Steve Rucchin tied a career high with three assists in the loss, in which the Ducks squandered a two-goal lead in the third.

"I think we stopped playing, we stopped competing," Sykora said. "You can't do that in this league. All the teams are pretty good and if you stop playing in the third period, they'll come back on you. We learned a tough lesson tonight."

Anaheim is 0-1-1 on a five-game road trip.

STANDINGS: Mighty Ducks - 6 points, 5th place, 6 PB, Pacific Division. Maple Leafs - 5 points, 5th place, 7 PB, Northeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Mighty Ducks - Paul Kariya, 4 goals; Rucchin, 7 assists and 9 points; Kevin Sawyer, 43 PIM. Maple Leafs - Mogilny and Mats Sundin, 4 goals; Mogilny, 9 assists and 13 points; Tom Fitzgerald, Karel Pilar and Mikael Renberg, 12 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: (through Oct. 26): Mighty Ducks - Power play: 19.0 percent (8 for 42), 12th in NHL. Penalty killing: 81.4 percent (35 for 43), 18th. Maple Leafs - Power play: 19.6 percent (11 for 56), 10th. Penalty killing: 82.1 percent (46 for 56), 17th.

GOALTENDERS: Mighty Ducks - Jean-Sebastian Giguere (1-4-1, 0 SO, 3.33 GAA); Martin Gerber (1-0-1, 0, 1.60). Maple Leafs - Ed Belfour (1-3-1, 1, 2.57); Trevor Kidd (1-3-0, 0, 3.78).

2001-02 SEASON SERIES: Maple Leafs, 1-0. At Toronto, Mogilny had two goals and an assist to lead the Maple Leafs to a 6-1 win on Oct. 18, 2001.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mighty Ducks - 1-2-1-0 on the road; Maple Leafs - 1-5-0-0 at home.
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