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They love me in Ottawa! (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
They love me in Ottawa! (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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James Mirtle of the Globe & Mail writes that the Leafs need their "big guns blazing" tonight when they take on the Sens in Ottawa:

Even so, it is notable that Kessel and Lupul’s drought hit the 10-game mark in the Leafs 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday. Since both had two-point nights against the Detroit Red Wings in early January, Kessel has only two goals and an assist and Lupul has a goal and four assists. Toronto is 5-4-1 over that stretch mainly due to the fact they’ve gotten 20 goals from their secondary scorers and played sound defensively.

For the Leafs to be a playoff team, they need scoring to come from both of their top lines. That hasn't really happened this season. Kessel and Lupul ran the show through December, and now the Grabovski line has taken over as the first line slides a bit. Hopefully the first line can get things back on track tonight.

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