Maple Leafs at Islanders Game Night

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TORONTO MAPLE LEAVES 12-6-1

to NEW YORK ISLANDS 5-7-2

Tonight, 7:30 p.m., TV: Sportsnet Radio: AM 590

WHY WATCH?

That smell of fresh paint

After a 13-game trip to start the season, the Islanders finally entered their new rink, UBS Arena, for the first time on Saturday night, hosting Calgary. The Isles have managed to survive their unusual start and will host the Maple Leafs who have a 3-3-0 record in six road games. William Nylander has been the most productive Leaf in away games, scoring four goals. No other Leaf has more than two goals on the road. Auston Matthews only has one.

CHEF POINTS

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

GP GA PTS +/-

Jean Tavares 17 8 8 16 -1

William Nylander 18 7 9 16 E

Auston Matthews 15 7 8 15 +1

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NEW YORK ISLANDS

GP GA PTS +/-

Brock Nelson 13 7 2 9 -3

Matthew Barzal 13 4 4 8 -4

Antoine Beauvillier 13 3 4 7 E

SPECIAL TEAMS

Power play

NYI: 12.5% ​​(31st)

RDT: 26.5% (5th)

Kill from the penalty spot

NYI: 83.3% (11th)

RDT: 87.8% (4th)

THREE THINGS ABOUT THE ISLANDS

1. COVID has taken hold of a large portion of Islanders. On Saturday, three players – Canadian Olympic hopeful and defenseman Adam Pelech, forward Anthony Beauvillier and defenseman Andy Greene – were placed in protocol. Forwards Anders Lee, Josh Bailey and Ross Johnston were all placed in protocol last week. This is a squad in shortage that the Leafs will face. Forwards Richard Panik and Andy Andreoff as well as defenders Paul LaDue and Grant Hutton have joined the Isles roster.

2. The Isles had scored a minimum of four power play goals before Saturday and were 0 for 12 in their previous six power play games. They had also allowed two shorthanded goals, even though the Leafs were one of 14 NHL clubs on the shorthanded goal.

3. One area that had not been a problem for Islanders was slow starts. In their first 13 games, the Islands took a 1-0 lead in 10 of them.

-Terry Koshan


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