Lightning-Maple Leafs Preview
GAME: Tampa Bay Lightning (13-9-4-1) at Toronto Maple Leafs (17-6-5-3).
TIME: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
The Toronto Maple Leafs, looking to extend their point streak to 12 games,
face a team they've beaten eight straight times when they host the Tampa Bay
Toronto beat the New York Rangers 3-1 on Saturday for its second consecutive
win, and improved to 10-0-0-1 in its last 11 contests. The Leafs haven't lost
in regulation since a 3-2 road defeat to the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 20.
Against the Rangers, Mikael Renberg scored twice and had an assist as
Toronto improved to 6-0-0-1 in its last seven games at Air Canada Centre.
Gary Roberts added a goal and two assists for the Leafs, who moved within a
point of the Philadelphia Flyers for the NHL's best record.
"That's great. We feel good about that," Renberg said. "With the group of
guys that we have in this locker room, I don't think anybody is going to be
satisfied with where we are now. We just have to keep going."
The Leafs will try to keep it going against a Tampa Bay club it has defeated
eight consecutive times since a 3-2 loss on March 15, 2001.
The Lightning come into this contest with a season high-tying three straight
defeats, and with just two wins in their last 11 games (2-7-2). Tampa Bay had
only three losses in its first 16 games of the season.
"We are not the same team we were at the start of the year right now,"
center Tim Taylor said after Tampa Bay's 5-2 home loss to the Montreal
Canadiens on Saturday. "When a bad bounce goes the opposite way of us, our
heads just seem to go down instead of shake it off.
"Right now we have to get back to getting upset, a little angry and a lot
more desperation. I think that's what we have to do more instead of feeling
sorry for ourselves."