Preds will test Toskala

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

The Nashville Predators are the only Western Conference team that goalie Vesa Toskala does not own a winning record against (2-3, 2.88 goals-against average), but look for the Leafs' hot stopper to be in net tomorrow night at the Air Canada Centre and for the foreseeable future.

"Our schedule now lays itself out in a way that a guy can take a heavy load," coach Paul Maurice said, meaning lots of days off between games give Toskala a chance to stay in as long as his play merits.

But Maurice refuses to write off Andrew Raycroft, who fell out of favour a week ago Saturday when the Phoenix Coyotes lit him up for two quick goals as part of a 5-1 loss. Maurice said the odds were stacked against Raycroft that night because those in front of him were playing back-to-back in a different time zones with just 21 hours between games.

I GOT YOU BABE

Mats Sundin is usually low key about setting club records these days, in part because once you've passed Darryl Sittler as the franchise points leader, the rest is anti-climactic.

But he was impressed to learn that his 15th straight home game with a point from the start of the year broke a mark that has stood more than 80 years. Cecil (Babe) Dye clicked in 14 games at Mutual St. Arena to start the 1924-25 season for the Toronto St. Patricks.

"Wow, that's a long time ago," Sundin said on Saturday night, immediately checking the year-by-year plaques that ring the Toronto dressing room, before finding the '24-25 St. Pats. "There's Dye and I see he was the captain, too."

Dye was one of the few Toronto players to lead the NHL in scoring.

LOOSE LEAFS

Sundin and Leaf teammates mixed with fans from across the province in the 30th Easter Seals kids skate at the ACC yesterday. "Some of these kids in wheelchairs wouldn't get the chance to come to a regular game or get this close to the ice," said Sundin, who does a lot of off-ice work with disabled children ... Had businessman Jim Balsillie got his way, tomorrow's visit by the Predators would have set the table for a Toronto -- Hamilton rivalry ... Nik Antropov's winning goal on Saturday ended a string of nine different Leafs potting the winner.


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