Leafs lines all shook up

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:46 PM ET

Considering the Maple Leafs the favourites when they meet the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow might be a stretch -- but they do give the Stanley Cup champions a headache.

Toronto won three of four last season against the Stanley Cup champions, something to hang on to as the 30th place Leafs prepare for Sidney Crosby and Co. at the Air Canada Centre.

Coach Ron Wilson is changing his lines around to try and get some form of balance to take on the Pens, who have opened the season with contributions from players such as Alex Goligoski's four points and Kris Letangs's three assists.

"Sometimes you surprise yourself when you play the better teams," Wilson said. "You come up with your better performances. We did that last year. It would be great to beat Pittsburgh, it would be great for our confidence. They're a great team."

The Leaf are looking at the Three Jacks line for tomorrow's game against Pittsburgh, with John Mitchell, Jason Blake and Jamal Mayers working today in practice. Mayers played under 10 minutes of one game so far, Blake and Mitchell have a combined for two points.

"I'm not knocking Jamal, but we don't really have anyone else to put up there," said Wilson. "It's not a reward, it's an opportunity more than anything else."

Wilson had to juggle lines after rookie Viktor Stalberg was shaken up in Tuesday's loss to Ottawa and will be out this weekend. The Leafs elected not to call up a forward from the Marlies and could use defenceman Ian White in a pinch.


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