Toskala starting against Caps

Leafs' Vesa Toskala makes a save against Jay Rosehill during practice in Toronto. (Jack Boland/Sun...

Leafs' Vesa Toskala makes a save against Jay Rosehill during practice in Toronto. (Jack Boland/Sun Media)

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:02 AM ET

There will be a couple of lineup changes for tonight's game in Washington against the Capitals.

Veteran winger Jamal Mayers will be inserted on the fourth line beside centre Wayne Primeau and winger Colton Orr, while defenceman Jeff Finger also will play, probably in place of either Ian White or Garnet Exelby, though coach Ron Wilson hasn't said for sure.

Mayers suffered a possible mild concussion in a pre-season game against Pittsburgh while Finger is recovered from a strained oblique muscle.

Toskala gets the start

Starting goaltender Vesa Toskala, who let in four goals on 27 shots against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night, will get the start tonight. Obviously, Wilson doesn't think it's a good idea to put rookie Jonas Gustavsson in his first NHL game against the likes of Alexander Ovechkin, he of the 65 goals and 112 points last season, not to mention two goals and one assist in Washington's season-opening 4-1 win against the Boston Bruins on Thursday.

No Shanahan coming

GM Brian Burke issued a resounding no when asked yesterday if the Leafs are at all interested in 40-year-old winger Brendan Shanahan, who no longer is with the New Jersey Devils. According to Burke, the Mimico native has not approached the Leafs about joining the team.

Stalberg strong

Wilson called rookie winger Viktor Stalberg the best Leaf on the ice in Toronto's 4-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Swede played beside centre Matt Stajan and Jason Blake. Stajan scored twice while Blake and Stalberg each had an assist. Stalberg was solid at both ends of the ice.

"That was the first time they played together and I think Stajan is excited to have that kind of speed on his line," Wilson said. "I think a lot of our centres are, in some ways, auditioning for the future in the sense of having Phil Kessel out there. But I think the line's success last night had more to do with Stalberg than anybody else, the way he applies pressure up the ice and skates."

Kessel is out with a shoulder injury and should be back in 3-5 weeks.


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