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Bolts aim to shake slump against desperate Maple Leafs

Tuesday, 04.08.2014 / 12:43 PM

Missy Zielinski - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Bolts aim to shake slump against desperate Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

MAPLE LEAFS (38-33-8, 84 points) vs. LIGHTNING (42-27-9, 93 points)

TV/Radio:

Fox Sports Florida: AM 970 WFLA

Last 10: Toronto 2-8-0; Tampa Bay 5-3-2

Season Series:

This is the fourth and final meeting between the Lightning and Maple Leafs this year. Tampa Bay took their most recent game, 5-3, as Steven Stamkos scored a natural hat trick. It was also part of an eight-game losing streak for Toronto that has put them in a position to fight for a Wild Card spot.

Big Story:

With Wild Card teams in the Red Wings and Blue Jackets in the Lightning's rearview, the Bolts look to shake off of a two-game slump and pick up points in their final four games of the regular season.

Team Scope:

LIGHTNING – The message was simple for Tampa Bay heading into the last week of their regular season slate: turn the page on their recent losses and get back to collecting points.

Despite back-to-back losses, the Lightning have managed to secure points in 12 of their last 15 games, keeping them in the hunt for home ice advantage with the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs are four points ahead with one game in hand.

Another way to get the Bolts back on track was by switching up the lines over the past few days to create a spark. Cooper can also see who has chemistry that way as he decides who will play in the postseason.

MAPLE LEAFS – The Maple Leafs season continues to be one on life support. After losing eight consecutive games, Toronto momentarily resuscitated themselves with back-to-back victories. Yet they dropped Saturday's game to the Winnipeg Jets, a team no longer in playoff contention.

Another matter not making things any easier, forward Joffrey Lupul will be out three weeks with a knee injury that requires surgery.

Their final three matchups will be away from Air Canada Centre.

Who's Hot:

An assist Saturday gave forward Ondrej Palat points in three straight games (one goal, three assists). Defenseman Andrej Sustr, who re-joined the Lightning last week, scored his first career NHL goal in the Bolts' last contest.

Transactions:

4/6 – Signed F Henri Ikonen to an entry level contract; Assigned to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)

4/4 – Recalled D Andrej Sustr from the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)

4/1 – Signed F Adam Erne to an entry level contract; Assigned to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)

Injury Report:

Lightning – D Brian Lee (knee, out), D Michael Kostka (concussion, out); Maple Leafs – G Jonathan Bernier (knee, out), F Joffrey Lupul (knee, out)

2013-2014 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 08 '14TOR 0 at TBL 3O. Palat
Mar 19 '14TBL 5 at TOR 3S. Stamkos
Feb 06 '14TOR 4 at TBL 1J. McClement
Jan 28 '14TBL 2 at TOR 3J. van Riemsdyk
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
P. Kessel80374380-22586
J. van Riemsdyk78303060-75093
N. Kadri76203050-116772
T. Bozak56182947+41451
M. Raymond80192645-62264
J. Lupul69222244-154461
C. Franson7752833-183010
D. Phaneuf7882331+313720
J. Gardiner78101929-41921
M. Rielly7122527-131210
N. Kulemin6891120-42204
C. Gunnarsson7931417+123401
P. Ranger515813+03400
D. Bolland238412-12412
P. Holland426511+01810
D. Clarkson585611-149311
J. McClement794610-83001
T. Bodie453710+62600
T. Smith27459-3402
T. Gleason54156-206300
J. D'Amigo22123-1000
C. Ashton32033+11900
J. Leivo7112+0000
M. Fraser19011-83300
D. Broll5011+1500
C. Orr52000-49800
F. McLaren27000-27700
J. Smithson18000-5900
J. Liles6000-2000
J. Devane2000-1000
G. McKegg1000+0000
S. Abbott1000-2000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. Bernier5526-19-713817872.68.923
J. Reimer3512-15-19710583.37.908
D. MacIntyre10-0-00140.001.000
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
M. St. Louis62293261+12695
V. Filppula74253257+52062
O. Palat79223557+302023
V. Hedman72134053+55132
T. Johnson79232548+212454
T. Purcell79123042-41434
A. Killorn79172340+86332
S. Stamkos34241438+71885
R. Callahan62171936+02473
M. Carle7922931+132610
R. Gudas7031922+315211
J. Brown6041519-9600
N. Kucherov499918+31233
S. Salo7041317+111800
N. Thompson789716+22701
R. Malone5751015-76700
E. Brewer7411314+55900
R. Panik472911-111500
M. Barberio495510+102810
B. Crombeen543710-17901
M. Kostka25448+6801
A. Sustr40178+31400
T. Pyatt25347+0401
J. Cote19044+02200
B. Connolly11101-5401
K. Aulie15011-3900
D. Korobov3011+0200
P. Labrie13000-42000
D. Tyrell7000+0400
M. Taormina7000+0000
V. Namestnikov4000-1400
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
B. Bishop6337-14-713317582.23.924
A. Lindback216-12-2615263.11.884
C. Desjardins10-1-02136.67.846