NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, December 12th
(All times eastern)
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (13-12-5) at Toronto Maple Leafs (15-12-3), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs hope to avoid their season-high
fourth consecutive loss tonight when they welcome the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
to Air Canada Centre.
The current lull matches the Leafs' season-opening three-game losing skid.
On Saturday the Maple Leafs fell, 2-1, to the Dallas Stars at Air Canada
Centre. Marty Turco made 19 saves to anchor the victors.
Ed Belfour finished with 32 stops in the defeat, as he suffered his fourth
consecutive one-goal loss. He remains stuck on 447 career victories and
squandered his fourth consecutive chance to eclipse Terry Sawchuk for second
place on the NHL's all-time wins list.
Mats Sundin scored the lone goal for Toronto and Eric Lindros picked up an
assist. The Leafs have now lost the first three portions of their current
Toronto, which is 9-7-1 at home, will visit Ottawa on Saturday night.
The Mighty Ducks hope to post their second straight win on the heels of a two-
game skid. On Saturday, Petr Sykora tallied a goal and an assist and Jean-
Sebastien Giguere made 21 saves as Anaheim defeated the Montreal Canadiens,
5-3, at the Bell Centre.
Zenon Konopka, Jonathan Hedstrom and Rob Niedermayer notched a goal apiece,
while both Andy McDonald and Teemu Selanne had two assists each for Anaheim,
which has won six of its last nine after eight consecutive defeats.
Anaheim, which is 3-6-3 on the road, will begin a three-game homestand on
Wednesday against Tampa Bay.
The Maple Leafs are 6-2-2 in the last 10 meetings with the Ducks.
Anaheim has lost in three straight trips to Air Canada Centre.
12/12 10:23:02 ET