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The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the NHL's top scoring teams, but their offense has not been too impressive lately.

Toronto hopes for a scoring boost when it hosts the New York Islanders on Monday at Air Canada Centre.

The Maple Leafs (11-6-4) are among the league leaders with 3.29 goals per game, but they have scored only two over their last two contests.

"I expect the group that we have to score goals," Toronto coach Paul Maurice said on the team's official Web site. "We will get that back, get them to go to the net."

Toronto came within 3:37 of being shut out on Saturday, with Darcy Tucker's goal the only one it could manage against New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur in a 2-1 defeat.

"Our offense for us is showing signs of complacency," Maurice said, noting the Maple Leafs' only goal Thursday also came in the third period of a 2-1 overtime loss to Boston.

Prior to the two-game offensive slump, the Maple Leafs boasted a four-game winning streak in which they outscored opponents 19-7.

Having points leader Mats Sundin out of the lineup certainly hasn't helped. The Toronto captain, who has 19 points, has sat out the last four games with a torn elbow ligament and is expected to be sidelined for another week or two.

Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin could be back in net after sitting out Saturday with the flu. With starter Andrew Raycroft sidelined by a groin injury, the Leafs were forced to call up Mikael Tellqvist from the AHL and he made 17 saves Saturday.

Toronto could have trouble getting its offense going against a New York team which has allowed only five goals over its last four games, going 3-0-1.

The Islanders (9-6-3), though, could be a bit tired as they play for the third time in four days to close a five-game road trip.

Backup goaltender Mike Dunham made 43 saves in a 4-1 road victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

"He was in the right position at the right time," Islanders coach Ted Nolan said. "He is working on the fine details of the game."

However, starter Rick DiPietro could be back in net Monday, having allowed only three goals over his last three starts.

New York center Alexei Yashin had two more points Saturday and leads the team with 22 this season. He has 17 goals and 12 assists in 30 career games against Toronto.

The Islanders have lost their last four games in Toronto. The Leafs have won five of the past six meetings overall, though the teams have not played this season.

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