Leafs Clash With Lightning Tonight

Jan. 29, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) carries the puck up ice against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Maple Leafs head into Tampa Bay tonight on a roll. The Leafs have won two straight, and six of their last seven overall. Ben Scrivens has back-to-back shutouts and has not conceded a goal in 144 minutes and 51 seconds. The Leaf goaltender will have to contend with Lightning sniper Steven Stamkos, who already has nine goals on the season. Stamkos has been somewhat of a Leaf killer in his brief career, scoring eight times and adding 11 assists in 16 games against Toronto.

There is a strong chance John-Michael Liles will be a healthy scratch once again tonight. Liles sat out last night’s 3-0 win over the Florida Panthers because of the return of Carl Gunnarsson. The Leaf defenseman spoke to reporters on Tuesday morning and wasn’t entirely surprised about head coach Randy Carlyle’s decision, as he doesn’t feel he is playing at a level that he is capable of.

Toronto is 7-2 on the road this season and hasn’t recorded eight victories in their first 10 games away from home in a campaign since 1934-35. The Lightning are 5-2-1 at home in 2013, but are in a bit of a funk. Although they won their most recent game against the Panthers on Saturday, Tampa had lost six straight prior to that.

Topics: Toronto Maple Leafs

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