NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, January 16th
(All times eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (20-20-6) at Tampa Bay Lightning (24-21-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning go in search of a sixth consecutive
victory when the red-hot club returns home to host the Toronto Maple Leafs
tonight at St. Pete Times Forum.
Tampa Bay extended its season-best win streak on Monday, when it held on for a
4-3 victory over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Vaclav Prospal finished with a goal and two assists for the Lightning, while
Martin St. Louis extended his scoring streak to 11 games with a goal and one
assist. Brad Richards also scored once and assisted on another in the win,
while Johan Holmqvist made 33 saves in goal.
St. Louis' tally was his league-leading 29th of the season and the All-Star
forward has amassed six goals and 10 helpers during his current tear. Teammate
Vincent Lecavalier, who had the eventual game-winning marker in the third
period, is one behind with 28 goals.
Lecavalier is currently riding a seven-game point streak and has notched 12
points (seven goals, five assists) during the run.
Tampa Bay hasn't won six games in a row since its Stanley Cup campaign of
2003-04, when the club reeled off eight consecutive victories from February
The Lightning have not had much recent success against Toronto, however. The
Maple Leafs have won three straight in the series, including a pair of
matchups already this season.
Toronto stopped a four-game winless streak (three losses, one tie) in Tampa
with a 4-2 triumph at the St. Pete Times Forum on November 1.
The injury-plagued Maple Leafs come in having lost three of four and were
routed at home by Vancouver on Saturday. Daniel Sedin racked up a goal and
three assists to lead the Canucks to an easy 6-1 win.
Bates Battaglia had the lone tally for Toronto, but struggling goaltender
Andrew Raycroft gave up six goals on only 21 shots.
Tonight's contest starts a three-game road trip for the Leafs, who are 10-8-3
away from home thus far and have won their last two road tilts.
01/16 10:39:32 ET