Leafs love Jan. 1

LANCE HORNBY

, Last Updated: 12:22 PM ET

Don't be looking for any Leafs to be partying at Nathan Phillips Square tonight.

Though coach Paul Maurice isn't putting any restrictions on their New Year's Eve activities, the Leafs do have their usual 10:30 a.m. morning skate for a 7:30 p.m. game.

"When you get older, you like to think that everyone lives like you," the 40-year-old Maurice said with a smile, indicating he will make it an early night. "A lot of these guys have wives and families, too."

Jan. 1 has actually been a good day for the Leafs to play, at least at home. They sport a New Year's record of 15-4-2 and have lost just once in Toronto since 1935. Overall, Toronto's record on this day is 20-12-6. The Leafs are also 18-7-1-0 here against the Lightning.

COOL UNDER FIRE

Winger Boyd Devereaux agrees the Leafs have to show better discipline after going off the rails in a 6-1 loss to the Rangers on Saturday. They handed the Rangers 10 power plays and were scored upon five times.

The Leafs were already getting burned big time by penalties at home and prior to last night's NHL games were second highest in the league for times short at home (102), translating to first in power-play goals against (24). Even the composed Devereaux was going out of his way to run some Rangers.

"You try and keep a poker face out there for the most part, to the best of your ability," Devereaux said. "But we're intense guys and sometimes we have to let it out."

WOZ AND WIS

Leafs defenceman Andy Wozniewski says there have been no mail or phone message mix-ups yet with Blackhawks defenceman James Wisniewski.

"We're not related," Wozniewski said. "He's from (Michigan), but the weird thing is that he plays for Chicago and that's my hometown."

LOOSE LEAFS

Defenceman Anton Stralman missed a third day with the flu yesterday...The Leafs and Lightning are the two worst defensive teams in the conference.


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