Shut out in their last two games, the Toronto Maple Leafs hope that a visit from rival Ottawa on Tuesday will help boost the offence. For a team relying on only one legitimate scorer, the rest of the forward group is looking to make life difficult for the opposition goaltenders, something they were unable to do against Tim Thomas and Henrik Lundqvist in back-to-back 2-0 losses to Boston and the New York Rangers, respectively.
On Saturday night, the rivalry between the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs opens a new chapter in the 2010-11 season. Since the Leafs and Sens became division rivals in 1998, the teams have played many heated regular season match-ups and have met four times in the playoffs, with the blue-and-white coming out on top in each series.
Defending Olympic champion Sweden nearly wasted a three-goal lead, before beating Belarus 4-2 Friday in Vancouver.
Jonas Gustavsson’s highly anticipated first NHL start was a losing one, but he showed some calmness in a position where the Toronto Maple Leafs have rarely developed players.
The dichotomy of media debate heading into Tuesday’s Battle of Ontario was certainly an interesting one.