The Maple Leafs probably will have their hands full with 19-year-old Sidney Crosby, the leading scorer in the National Hockey League, when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.
For now, they are trying to keep thoughts of Crosby out of their minds.
The Lightning's Martin St. Louis is fourth in NHL scoring and Vincent Lecavalier is fifth.
"You don't want to look too far ahead, you want to focus on Tampa," defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo said. "Florida is up and coming, too. We want to focus on these games one at a time."
GO SNUB YOURSELF
One of the annual products of the announcement of all-star rosters is the bitterness among those who thought they should have been named to participate in the game.
That's the spot Lightning defenceman Dan Boyle found himself in on Saturday when he learned he would not be playing in the game Jan. 24 in Dallas.
"I'm going to bite my lip on this one," Boyle told the St. Petersburg Times.
The Ottawa native is fifth in scoring among NHL defencemen with 37 points (10 goals and 27 assists) in 46 games.
Lightning coach John Tortorella didn't mince words.
"He got robbed," Tortorella said of Boyle. "It's a joke. He's one of the best players in the National Hockey League."
Leafs utilityman Wade Belak is on the cusp of a dubious milestone. With another penalty, Belak will pass 1,000 minutes in his career. He has 999 penalty minutes, including a team-high 79 this season ... Though the Leafs tried to absolve Andrew Raycroft of blame after his 15-save performance in a 6-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, it's probable Jean-Sebastien Aubin will get one start this week, maybe as early as tomorrow ... Tampa has won four in a row going into its game today against the New York Islanders on Long Island.