Will road ease goalies' load?

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

The revolving door of Leafs goaltending has gone from starter Vesa Toskala to the great Swedish hope Jonas Gustavsson and now to Joey MacDonald as the other two recover from injuries. It hasn't been easy for any of them as the Leafs have a league-worst 4.52 goals against average.

"It's a pretty tough environment for any goalie to play in right now," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said of his team's struggles. "Maybe going on the road will help all our goalies."

MacDonald will get a third consecutive start against the Vancouver Canucks Saturday, but Wilson is hopeful Gustavsson will be recovered from a groin injury to start in either Anaheim a week from tonight or Dallas on Wednesday.

Gustavsson has skated lightly prior to practice but has yet to put on equipment and stop pucks. Toskala, who suffered a knee injury against the Rangers this past Monday, has yet to return to the ice.

Change it up

The Leafs are looking for anything to snap out of a their funk.

"We've mixed up the routine," said defenceman Mike Komisarek, who is still looking for his first win as a Leaf. "Guys are pretty superstitious and if it's not working you mix it up, you change it up.

We've had team stretches, I've tried walking to the rink. Everything."

Quick hits

With seven losses, the Leafs obviously have the longest losing streak in the league but they are not the only team on a bad slide. The New York Islanders have dropped six in a row while the Montreal Canadians, Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild are all in five-game slumps ... The Leafs' seven-day break is an oddity in the crammed NHL schedule and the Leafs' longest break of the season other than the two-week league shutdown for the Vancouver Olympics.


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