Nazem Kadri says the Maple Leafs want to pass the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Atlantic Division standings.

“We’re trying to catch the teams ahead of us, and Tampa Bay happens to be one of them,” said Kadri.

The Lightning are first overall in the NHL, eight points clear of the Maple Leafs, as the two prepare to face each other Monday night at the Air Canada Centre.

“We’re about 60 games into the schedule, so this is a little bit of a measuring stick,” said Kadri. “Both teams are pretty familiar with how each other plays. They’re at the top of the standings for a reason. They’ve got great depth, great goaltending. They got all the pieces.”

The Maple Leafs have won three in a row and seven of their last eight. The Lightning have won two in a row, and eight of their last 10.

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It will be Frederik Andersen (27-15-4, 2.65, .921) in net for Toronto, Andrei Vasilevskiy (33-10-2, 2.29, .929) in net for Tampa.

NOTES: Nikita Soshnikov will be recalled from his AHL conditioning stint, but remain on injured reserve until the Maple Leafs’ medical team clears him, Leaf GM Lou Lamoriello said. Once Soshnikov is cleared, the Leafs will have to make a roster move.


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