Maple Leafs host the Lightning
The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to snap a two-game skid on Tuesday when the Tampa Bay Lightning are the visitors to the Air Canada Centre.
Just 4-5-1 in their last 10 outings, the Maple Leafs have shown indifferent form in recent weeks with a losing road trip spread either side of Christmas.
The Maple Leafs picked up a regulation point last Friday before falling to the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in Denver and then were doubled up 6-3 by the Golden Knights in Las Vegas.
Not exactly the best preparation for a six-game home stand that starts with the Lighting on Tuesday and continues on against the San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Ottawa Senators and St. Louis Blues.
Meanwhile the Lightning bounced back from their home loss to the Philadelphia Flyers with a 5-0 blanking of the Blue Jackets at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus over the weekend.
It's been over a month since Tampa Bay lost two in a row for the only time all season and the Lightning now lead Toronto and the Boston Bruins by 10 points in the Atlantic Division. The Lightning are 4.00 to win the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins have made the leap from chasing pack to contender in the Division while the rest of the teams struggle.
Boston also dropped a 5-0 scoreline on their opponent last time out, in this case the Ottawa Senators, and conclude their road swing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday against the New York Islanders before heading home to host the Florida Panthers.
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