TORONTO -- Jerry DAmigo has watched the Toronto Maple Leafs seven-game losing streak from the nearby Marlies of the AHL. cheap nfl jerseys from china . In a hockey market like this, its impossible to avoid hearing all about it. Now DAmigo will likely be thrust into the lineup against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night to try to do his part -- however small it might be -- to end the skid and save the Leafs playoff hopes. "Im not trying to solve the whole thing here," DAmigo said. "Im just going to put in my best effort and give the guys some energy here. Hopefully (raise) them up a little bit." Unless DAmigo manages to score or create a big goal, itll take much more than a fourth-line energy guy to make the Leafs rise up and find a consistent level of play that has been lacking of late, even against a banged-up opponent. If theres any time to find that extra gear, its against a Red Wings team the Leafs are tied with at 80 points. "Obviously weve been fighting it of late," winger Mason Raymond said. "But this is a team we are battling with for a playoff spot. Theyve been doing well of late so we have quite the test ahead of us." Figuring 92 points as a legitimate target to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, a loss to the Red Wings at Air Canada Centre would just about force the Leafs to win out in their final six games. A victory and some help from the Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals puts Toronto right back into it. Coach Randy Carlyle knows this is a difficult spot but doesnt find it difficult to remain positive when speaking with his players. "This isnt a fun place to be right now, Ill tell you that, and theres pressure being applied in different areas, but the No. 1 thing that we have to do is we have to focus on self-improvement by a certain amount, and that will help the team grow," Carlyle said. The Red Wings havent been in a tailspin like the Leafs, but theyve been in the thick of this playoff race long enough to know what to expect Saturday night. "They need a win and we need a win and thats been the case each night weve played probably for 20 games," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "So were used to the environment were in. It should be a lot of fun here tonight. They need a win and we need a win, its just that simple." NOTES -- Jonathan Bernier is expected to be in goal for the Leafs, which would mark the first time this season he starts on back-to-back days. Jimmy Howard starts for Detroit. ... Toronto is 6-9 in the second half of back-to-back games, including losses in the last two of those situations. ... Defenceman Paul Ranger (neck) is "an option" for the Leafs, according to Carlyle. If Ranger plays, it could mean going back to 11 forwards and seven defencemen, though it was not clear which forward would come out of the lineup. wholesale nfl jerseys . -- Erik Bradford picked up two assists in regulation, then scored the overtime winner to lead the Ottawa 67s over the Belleville Bulls 4-3 in Ontario Hockey League action on Wednesday night. cheap nfl jerseys .Y. - Sure, the Atlanta Thrashers are a long shot to make the playoffs.BEIJING -- Canadas Kevin Koe will have to settle for playing for bronze at the world mens curling championship. The Calgary skip fell 10-8 to Swedens Oskar Eriksson in semifinal action Saturday and will face Switzerlands Peter de Cruz for the bronze medal (Saturday at 10pm et/7pm pt on TSN2). Earlier, Koe lost 3-2 to Norways Thomas Ulsrud in the Page 1-2 playoff game. "It was a bad day," said Koe. "We played pretty decent for the most part, I thought we were throwing them good. "But big misses at the wrong time, and those will obviously kill you in the big games." The Canadian team -- including third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft and lead Nolan Thiessen -- took an early lead by opening with a deuce. But Sweden rallied with four in the second after a freeze attempt by Koe came up short. "Just one bad miss -- thats all it took," said Koe. "If I made my last one, we probably only give up one or two. "Just a bad miss at the wrong time." The teams traded singles the next two ends. Canada missed a chance to tie it with two in the fifth and Sweden took complete control with three in the sixth afterr Koes last-rock freeze attempt was heavy. cheapjerseyswholesaleprice. The Canadians scored two in the seventh and stole one in the eighth but thats as close as theyd get. "Im a little devastated right now," said Rycroft. "I dont know what it was, if it was a lack of confidence on our part or still not trusting the ice. "But we missed way too many shots on the wrong side. Good curlers missing easy shots is not going to win you many games." Canada has won 49 world curling championship medals, including 34 gold. Nine times Canadians have settle for silver and bronze on six occasions. "Well show up and try our hardest to win," said Koe. "I mean, itll be hard, were disappointed -- we came here thinking wed be in that gold-medal game . . . but well be trying to win a medal." Canada also lost 6-2 to Sweden in the round-robin portion of the tournament. Sweden will face Ulsrud in the final (Saturday night at 3am et/Midnight pt on TSN). Ulsrud, who finished second to Koe at the 2010 world championship, will be seeking his first title in 10 appearances at the event. Swedens Niklas Edin won last years event in Victoria. ' ' '