Leafs Report

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:52 AM ET

GUESS THE GOALIE

A decent weekend effort by Vesa Toskala in five-plus periods in Chicago and home against Calgary leaves coach Ron Wilson in a bit of a goaltending pickle.

Jonas Gustavsson got the hook from Wilson after three quick goals by the Calgary Flames and a flat effort against Minnesota earlier last week resulted in seven goals on 35 shots. Wilson says he has a planned rotation for tonight's game in Ottawa and Thursday in Carolina and has told his stoppers, but wouldn't share it with the media.

Based on Gustavsson's good effort against Ottawa in a 2-1 loss the first time the rookie faced them this year (the night he hurt his groin), there shouldn't be a problem letting him get back on the horse. Toskala could then play in Carolina, depending on Gustavsson's fatigue and Wilson could choose the best man to face the Capitals on Saturday.

RIGHT DIRECTION

There's not that much keeping the Leafs from getting better starts says winger Lee Stempniak of the team in giving up the first goal 16 times the first 18 games.

"A lot of times this year, we've been right there, but not bearing down." Stempniak said. "A lot of pucks are lying there right in the crease and we're not putting them in. You give back one of those a game and it's a big difference."

OHIO EXPRESS

At least one Leafs coach this season is on a first-place team. Enrico Blasi, a guest instructor at Toronto's training camp, has kept his University of Miami (Ohio) Redhawks in top spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings at 8-1-3.

LOOSE LEAFS

Defenceman Ian White missed practice yesterday for what coach Ron Wilson called personal reasons, but will be in the lineup tonight at Ottawa...Centre Wayne Primeau was back yesterday after attending the birth of his son Manning in Toronto on Saturday, the third child for he and wife Leanne.

lance.hornby@sunmedia,ca


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