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New York Islanders-Toronto Maple Leafs Game Preview, Notes

By Michael Iuzzini
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Now only one point up on those annoying New York Rangers, the Islanders take their show on the road to play the woeful Toronto Maple Leafs.


The New York Islanders look to continue their winning ways Monday night as they wrap up their four-game road trip in Toronto to face a floundering Maple Leafs squad.  The Isles have been 6-2-2 in their last 10 visits to Toronto.

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  • Air Canada Centre, 7:30 PM
  • Islanders, 42-21-4, 1st place in the Metropolitan, 88 points
  • Maple Leafs, 26-35-5 9th in the Metropolitan, 57 points

The Isles lost to the Dallas Stars in OT 4-3 on Tuesday but it was a hard-earned point as Anders Lee scored with 1.1 seconds remaining.  

Thursday, Brock Nelson found the net late in the third giving the team a 4-3 lead and win over the Nashville Predators, and it was Josh Bailey Saturday who tied the game in the 3rd off a Tavares feed.  The Isles lost the shootout but picked up a crucial point as they hang on to the top spot of the Metropolitan division over the Rangers who they play host to on Tuesday.

The question is does Michal Neuvirth get the start over Jaroslav Halak do to back to back games Monday and Tuesday?  Halak holds an 8-3-3 record when facing the Leafs and because every point is critical the goalie situation will be interesting to monitor.

Coach Jack Capuano is not a fan of starting net-minders on consecutive nights.  The Leafs are a good team for Neuvirth to get back on track and pick up his first win as an Islander.  Saturday’s game against the Florida Panthers is one for the new Isles goalie to shake off and come out strong for his new team.

The Leafs have had a little soap opera action as interim coach Peter Horchek sent home Nazem Kadri Sunday when he was late for the teams meeting.  Horchek is not saying if Kadri will be in the lineup against the Islanders.

NOTES:

  • The Islanders have killed off 30-of-34 short-handed situations in a 13-game stretch
  • Anders Lee has points in 12 of his past 15 games (7-9-16)
  • Josh Bailey has 11 points in his past 14 games (6-5-11)
  • John Tavares set a career high scoring his 32nd goal of the season.  5 points in past 2 games (32 goals, 38 Assists, 70 points) and sits on top in the NHL scoring race.

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