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Leafs Trying To Catch Senators

February 17, 2012 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Dion Phaneuf and the Toronto Maple Leafs are currently in a playoff spot.

Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs likes figure skating.

Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs likes figure skating.

From The Star.com

The Battle of Ontario is renewed, with Ottawa four points clear of the Leafs but having played two more games. A key stat for the Leafs to look at is the fact Ottawa ranks as the fifth-most penalized team in the NHL, averaging 13.2 minutes per game. That stat will be a factor if Ottawa doesn’t get it under control down the stretch.

The addition of Kyle Turris has been a boost for Ottawa; the club can now ice two decent scoring lines, with Turris centring the second line and Jason Spezza the first. Milan Michalek is healthy after a lengthy injury layoff and the club has found a way to give goalie Craig Anderson a bit of time off (he had appeared in 22 straight games). Ottawa was said to be in the Tuomo Ruutu sweepstakes, but it now appears he will re-sign with Carolina. Sens are not expected to be big players at the deadline; but there is a fine line there between improving the club, and sticking to the pre-season plan of continued development.

They are, right now, the Leafs’ chief target in the standings.

Original Photos Yahoo, 1.bp

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