Toronto (13-13-6) at Atlanta (11-17-4), 7:00 p.m. EST
ATLANTA (Ticker) — A sudden offensive burst has given the
Toronto Maple Leafs new life.
The surging Maple Leafs seek their fifth win in six tries when
they visit the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday.
Among the league’s highest-scoring clubs with 3.09 goals per
game, Toronto has tallied 20 times during its recent run.
It’s prowess on the offensive end was present on Saturday in its
convincing 7-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, two nights
after suffering a 8-5 setback against the Boston Bruins.
Vesa Toskala made 20 saves Saturday to win his fourth straight
decision, but reportedly did not make the trip to Atlanta due to
a lingering groin injury, according to the Thrashers’ web site.
The Thrashers have won two of their last three – including
Saturday’s 4-3 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning
that halted a seven-game home losing streak.
With the triumph, Atlanta also increased its cushion over the
last-place Lightning to three points in the Southeast Division.
Ilya Kovalchuk recorded 16 of his team-leading 33 points over
his last 13 contests.