Shake-up promised

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

The Maple Leafs have little time to concentrate on their ailing power play for tonight's game after most of the top lines were excused from on-ice practice yesterday.

Coach Paul Maurice is promising to mix up the two units after an 0-for-6 showing against Boston on Saturday.

"Our first power play of the game seems to do well and then it deteriorates," Maurice said yesterday, promising that "breakouts and retrievals" will get lots of work this week. "We fought (the puck) last night."

AN APPLE A DAY

The Leafs continue to look enviously at the Tampa Bay Lightning's low number of man games lost to injury. Tampa had kept it well under 100 in recent years, including its Stanley Cup run in 2003-04, though it was more than 120 last season with Rob DiMaio's concussion and will be high again with Dan Boyle's wrist surgery.

"It's very, very strange," said Maurice, who started this year with defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo and centre Kyle Wellwood on the shelf. "I know they run a tough training camp there, their ice is poor, they play a good hard game ... maybe you should be asking (coach) John Tortorella this question.

"I do know the two Florida teams have a nice little thing going with (visiting teams) playing them back to back so one is playing a tired team."

Maurice thinks climate isn't a factor in Tampa's team health as some think, noting the Florida Panthers aren't as blessed and the Los Angeles Kings were recently in the 500 man-games lost range.

LOOSE LEAFS

Leafs' Vesa Toskala and Alex Steen were among 25 athletes at the Harris Steel Right To Play Skate at Varsity Arena yesterday. Similar skates in major Canadian cities were held to raise funds and awareness for disadvantaged children in needy countries to play sports ... Toronto sports writer Dave Shoalts will be signing copies of his book Tales From The Maple Leafs tonight between 6-7 p.m. at the ACC Galleria.


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