Pohl rides the pine

LANCE HORNBY AND TERRY KOSHAN

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

The Maple Leafs' fourth line became the Unemployment Line last night.

While Wade Belak and Bates Battaglia have become used to sitting out recent games, it must have come as a bit of a shock to centre John Pohl to find himself in the press box, a healthy scratch for the first time this year.

Pohl likely saw the writing on the wall the previous two days when coach Paul Maurice put the returning Darcy Tucker and Mark Bell part of an energy trio with Chad Kilger.

Pohl first joined the Leafs in 2005-06 in response to an injury crunch and kept his place in the lineup.

LEST WE FORGET

The Leafs will be holding a combined Remembrance Day/Hall of Fame pre-game ceremony before this evening's game.

Two World War II era veterans from Sunnybrook Hospital and two from recent service in the Middle East will be present, with one of the elderly members of the Canadian Forces reading the poem In Flanders Fields.

There will be 13 honoured members from the Hall on hand to welcome new inductees Mark Messier, Scott Stevens, Al MacInnis and Ron Francis.

At the end of the game, the traditional three stars will be replaced by a player of the game award for each team, presented by Darryl Sittler representing the Leafs and Rod Gilbert the Rangers.

LEARY LIKES LEAFS

First it was Tucker and now Dennis Leary is giving the Leafs logo a plug in prime time.

On Tuesday's episode of Rescue Me, a series about the life of a fire fighter airing on Showcase at 10 p.m., Leary will be wearing a Leafs T-shirt. Leary, a big NHL booster from a way back, often is seen with an NHL shield on his locker in the show and playing hockey, as well.

JUST SCORE ALREADY

There's little doubt the Buffalo Sabres miss Daniel Briere and Chris Drury.

"Last year, everything we touched turned to gold on offence," goalie Ryan Miller said.

"This year, we're going to have to work for it the way teams approach us."


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