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Saturday, November 5th (All times eastern)

Tampa Bay Lightning (7-5-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (6-5-2), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs for the Hall of Fame game at Air Canada Centre.

The Leafs are expected to have center Mats Sundin back in the lineup tonight for the first time since he was hit in the eye with a puck in the season opener. Sundin suffered a fractured orbital bone and sat out the team's next 12 games.

Sundin has 49 career points against in 36 games against the Lightning.

The Lightning lost for the second game in a row on Thursday night, as they were handed a 4-2 loss in Ottawa. Wade Redden scored the go-ahead goal 6:32 into the third period to lift the Senators.

Brad Richards and Vincent Lecavalier notched goals and John Grahame made 27 saves for the Lightning.

Tampa Bay, which is 4-2-1 on the road, is playing the middle test of a three- game road trip and will complete the swing Tuesday in Montreal.

Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs return home tonight before visiting the Washington Capitals on Sunday for the opener of a home-and-home series.

Toronto was handed a 4-3 setback by the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night at the RBC Center. Eric Cole's goal with 1:34 remaining in the third period broke a tie and lifted the 'Canes to victory.

Alexander Steen recorded a pair of goals for Toronto, which has dropped three of its last four games. Matt Stajan also scored and assisted on both of Steen's goals while Ed Belfour made 31 saves in the loss.

This is the first meeting of the season between the Lightning and Maple Leafs. On March 23, 2004, Tampa Bay halted a five-game losing streak in Toronto.

11/05 10:48:54 ET

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