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Toronto at Florida

Venue: BankAtlantic Center
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have managed only one win in more than three weeks, but it came against the Florida Panthers.

Beating them again would end a six-game slide.

The punchless Maple Leafs will try to rebound from their most lopsided defeat this season when they visit Florida on Wednesday night.

Toronto (5-6-3) is on a 1-6-3 stretch after capping a promising 4-0-0 start by beating the New York Rangers on Oct. 15.

The Maple Leafs' lone victory since came at home against Florida, 3-1 on Oct. 26. They've dropped six in a row - including three shutouts - while getting outscored 19-8.

Another loss would give Toronto its longest slide since opening last season 0-6-1.

The Maple Leafs got closer to that dubious mark with their fourth straight road loss, 4-0 to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who made 21 saves, feels the team's effort needs to improve.

"You've got to play 60 minutes in this game and I think it was obvious that we weren't ready to start," he said. "In the situation we're in, you need to see some desperation out of the guys, some competitiveness, and we're not seeing that."

The Maple Leafs' power play has been brutal over the last nine games, going 3 for 35. The unit went 0 for 5 against the Lightning, including a 5-on-3 advantage in the first period that saw them fail to generate a shot.

"You've got to find a way to get our power play going because if you don't score - like a 5-on-3 - it's depressing not to score or even get a scoring chance," said coach Ron Wilson, who remains stuck on 587 wins - one behind Jacques Lemaire for seventh all-time.

Phil Kessel is riding a six-game points drought since scoring against the Panthers last month. That gave the right wing seven goals in the first eight games of the season.

Kessel, though, has five goals in his last six visits to the BankAtlantic Center.

The Panthers are coming off a home-and-home split with Carolina. Florida fell 3-2 in Raleigh on Saturday, one night after a 7-4 win at home to improve to 3-2-0 there.

"We were in it, for the most part. All game long, we were right there," said backup Scott Clemmensen, who made 26 saves Saturday. "So nothing to hang our head about, but it's disappointing not to get the win. It always is."

Clemmensen was in net at Toronto last month and made 24 stops. He'll likely return to the bench in favor of Tomas Vokoun, who is 5-2-1 with a 2.23 goals-against average and two shutouts in his last eight starts against the Maple Leafs.

Stephen Weiss might be in for a big performance after being held without a point Saturday following a three-point effort in the previous contest to double his season total.

The center, who led Florida (5-7-0) with 60 points last season, has a goal and four assists in a four-game points streak at home against Toronto.

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AwayLineHomeLine
Toronto 130 Florida -150
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Team Standings W L OT Pts L 10
TorontoAtlantic 294211693-7-0
Florida1st Atlantic 472691037-3-0

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