Wilson's line dance

STEVE BUFFERY

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

Leafs coach Ron Wilson dropped rookie Nikolai Kulemin from the top line to the fourth for last night's game. Kulemin, who has six goals and seven assists in 31 games, has recently played with the top line of Nik Antropov and Matt Stajan. Alexei Ponikarovsky was inserted back on to the top line.

Ryan Hollweg was dropped from the lineup to make room for Niklas Hagman, who was put on a line with centre Mikhail Grabovski and Jeremy Williams last night, but Wilson is getting sick of the media asking him about his lines.

"Don't speculate who's in and who's out," Wilson said. "Hagman's coming in."

SLOW START

Prior to last night's early goal, frequent slow starts had frustrated and mystified the club. In 32 games, the Leafs have given up the first goal 21 times.

"I wish I knew. You'd think so many goals against in the first two or three shifts you think we'd figure out what the cause is," defenceman Ian White said. "I don't know if it's a lack of preparation. I'd like to think we're prepared heading into games.

"We seem right in the dressing room, but it's one of those things we can't really explain. We have to figure it out ASAP."

Added Wilson: "I don't want to feel like a Dutch boy running around with my fingers in the dike, but every night is an adventure for us, as we're learning to be consistent."

POWER OUTAGE

You might think a team with the firepower of the Penguins would be among on the league leaders in power play goals. The Pens, though, are ranked 11th in the NHL with a power play success rate of 19.3%. The Leafs are actually ahead of Pittsburgh with a 20.7% rate of success, good for ninth in the NHL. Pittsburgh's penalty kill is 12th with a success rate of 81.9% while the leafs are way down in 28th, at 75.2%. The numbers are surprising, given that Wilson's teams in San Jose were always near the top of that department.


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