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Tonight: Lightning at Maple Leafs


© St. Petersburg Times, published January 10, 2001

WHEN/WHERE: 7:30; Air Canada Centre, Toronto.

TV/RADIO: Sunshine; WDAE-AM 620.

THE LOWDOWN: Lightning C Vinny Lecavalier (strained neck) is not expected to play. ... Maple Leafs Fs Steve Thomas (knee) and Sergei Berezin (hamstring) are out. Former Lightning D Cory Cross (hip flexor) is probable. Toronto D Danny Markov (ribs) is questionable. ... Toronto is 3-5-2 in its past 10. Tampa Bay has lost four straight and is winless in its past five. ... Dan Cloutier is expected to start in goal for the Lightning. Curtis Joseph, who has a .913 save percentage, should start for Toronto. ... Going into Tuesday night's games, the Lightning had the NHL's third-worst penalty kill on the road, 77.3 percent (85-of-110). It also had given up a league-high 10 short-handed goals. ... At 3-15-2-2, Tampa Bay has the league's worst road record. ... This is the third of four meetings between the teams. They tied 2-2 on Nov. 17 in Toronto. The Maple Leafs won 3-2 on Dec. 31 at the Ice Palace. ... The Lightning has not beaten the Maple Leafs since Oct. 12, 1996 (0-11-1). ... Toronto leads the series 20-6-1 and is 8-5-1 at home.

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