There was no way to further assess the dynamics of an Eric Lindros-Mats Sundin partnership yesterday, with the captain lost in the throng of the Easter Seals skate and Lindros taking practice off to rest a nagging upper-body injury. Sundin worked out with old linemates Darcy Tucker and Alex Steen yesterday.
Philosophically, coach Pat Quinn is against the idea of putting Lindros and Sundin on the same line, but after they clicked on Saturday night for the Leafs' only goal against Dallas, he refused to rule out using the two tonight against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
"Maybe it's a good possibility," Quinn said. "When we first acquired (Lindros and Jason Allison), I thought it would be pretty darn good to line them up 1-2-3 in the middle. Now the offence has dried up and we're cheating to get some. Maybe an adjustment is necessary, maybe we try and get two good lines going and have two that just keep the score even.
"But I really believe if we had three lines with good balance, we'd be tough to play against. I still think that's the right case. Some of our wingers haven't been contributing and maybe that's the answer, to put those two together."
But the dressing room chatter has Lindros dead set against the move and Quinn didn't deny it.
"He'd like to play centre, that's where he sees himself playing most of his career. He'll do what he has to do to help us be a better team, but I didn't disagree with his thoughts on that. He's a centreman and that's where he has been trained."
DUCKING THE GOALIE ISSUE
Quinn will likely announce this morning if Mikael Tellqvist will get a rare home start in goal. If not, with the break in the schedule and Ed Belfour likely to face the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, the earliest Tellqvist would play would be Dec. 19, after an 18-day layoff.
Belfour has had tremendous success against Anaheim during his career, running up a record of 23-10-2, with a 1.89 goals-against average.
Despite remaining a pair during games, defencemen Bryan McCabe and Tomas Kaberle continued yesterday to play with different partners during practice. McCabe and Kaberle have combined for 58 points this season.