08 March 2011
The New York Islanders will play host to the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs tonight on Long Island. The Islanders, 14th in the East, will look to slow down one of the hottest teams since the All-Star break in the Toronto Maple Leafs, who currently sit 10th in the conference, seven points ahead of the Islanders and five points out of a playoff spot.
New York (25-32-10, 60 points) is playing the fourth game of a five game home stand; one that has brought the team success as they have a 2-0-1 record in the first three games. The Islanders are 14-15-5 at home this season and a win tonight would bring their home record back to .500. The Islanders are a decent 4-3-3 in their last ten games.
But while the Islanders are just playing for the experience and respect, Toronto (29-28-9, 67 points) is still playing with hopes of making a late run at the playoffs. The Maple Leafs are hoping to earn a win tonight to give them momentum heading into a three game home stand starting Thursday. Toronto, 6-1-3 in their last ten, have a road record of 14-16-2 this season.
This will be the final game between these two teams this season. The Maple Leafs have a record of 2-0-1 against New York this season and the Islanders are 1-2-0 versus Toronto. These teams played early in the season with the Islanders winning 2-1 in overtime at Toronto back on October 18th. After that, they went nearly four months before playing each other twice in two weeks, with Toronto winning in Long Island 5-3 and winning in Toronto 2-1. The Islanders will look to avenge the home loss to Toronto from exactly one month ago.
The puck drops tonight at 7pm.
Other key games tonight include Buffalo at Pittsburgh, Boston at Montreal, Vancouver at Phoenix and Nashville at San Jose.
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