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Hall's comments set the tone for tonight's Leafs/Oilers tilt

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The Sports Network/TSN.ca Staff
12/14/2010 7:23:59 PM
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Two weeks ago, Edmonton's Taylor Hall enjoyed his first career two-goal game during a 5-0 romp over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.

And in the time since, his club has gone 6-3-1, notwithstanding their 2-1 loss to Vancouver on Sunday.

So Hall, 18, was in a pretty good frame of mind when looking ahead to tonight's visit from the Leafs at Rexall Place.

"Hopefully we can compete a lot harder (than on Sunday). Because (Toronto) is a team that, if we do, it's there for the taking," Hall reportedly said at practice on Monday.

It would appear to be bulletin board material at the very least, and at a time where Toronto's recent home drubbing at the hands of the Oilers is still very fresh on the minds of the Blue and White.

Toronto, however, has not fared well on the road this season, going 3-8-1 as the guest. The Maple Leafs have also dropped nine of their last 10 road outings, posting a 1-8-1 record away from Air Canada Centre during that stretch.

The Leafs have won three of their last five trips to Edmonton, and are playing the first of a three-game West Coast swing in which they will also visit the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks.

The Oilers, meanwhile, are playing the fifth test of a six-game homestand this evening. Edmonton, which will complete the residency Thursday against Columbus, is 2-1-1 on the homestand so far and 5-7-2 at Rexall Place this season.

Toronto is coming off a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 22 shots and Tomas Kaberle had a goal and an assist to lead the Leafs to the win.

Edmonton will have a first chance to shake off their narrow home loss to Roberto Luongo and the Canucks on Sunday.

"Sooner or later when you do stuff like that, you're not going to win games," said Edmonton's Andrew Cogliano. "When you play a good team like Vancouver and a good goalie like Luongo -- when you don't get shots on him, pretty much at any point of the game, you have no chance to score".

Oilers defenceman Jim Vandermeer suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's loss and is questionable for tonight's game.

Taylor Hall (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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