Allison Ill

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

A new look to the Maple Leafs tonight may not include Jason Allison.

Allison, the Leafs' top-producing forward after Eric Lindros, missed practice yesterday at Lakeshore Lions Arena with a virus and will be re-evaluated this morning.

After their drubbing courtesy of the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night, Leafs coach Pat Quinn resorted to that old bit of hockey strategy, changing his lines.

Quinn had Lindros between Jeff O'Neill and Alexei Ponikarovsky; Kyle Wellwood centring Darcy Tucker and Tie Domi; Matt Stajan between Nathan Perrott and Alexander Steen; and Clarke Wilm with Chad Kilger and Wade Belak.

Quinn said those trios "were just thrown together" but there will be a different look tonight against the Florida Panthers regardless.

"It's not about production," Quinn said of his juggling act. "We are looking for our whole group to be better on the defensive side. We are looking for better balance. They will still get points if they look after (the defensive side), and maybe even more if they look after it properly."

Quinn had to do something. Seven of the eight Sens' goals two nights ago were at even-strength.

"Maybe a little shakeup will be good for our hockey club," Tucker said. "It was good for us in practice. I thought we had a lot of energy and jump for getting our rear ends handed to us (by Ottawa). It's a good sign that we can come back and work as hard as we did (yesterday)."

Aki Berg, who missed Saturday's game with a sore shoulder, was on the ice and also will be checked out again this morning. If Berg is ready, Quinn said he will leave Belak at forward to give Staffan Kronwall another look on the blue line. If Allison can play, look for Belak to sit. Mariusz Czerkawski is hampered by a shoulder problem and did not practise.

Belak, Allison and Tucker all are minus-9. Only San Jose Sharks defenceman Scott Hannan, at minus-10, had a worse mark in the NHL before last night.

Belak wouldn't mind a move to the wing, where he has spent plenty of time previously.

"Seems all the defence get blamed for everything so it would be all right," Belak said. "Maybe it would be nice to be a forward and hide out there."


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