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ISLANDERS (11-12-7) at MAPLE LEAFS (9-13-7)
Last 10 -- New York 4-6-0; Toronto 6-2-2.
Season series -- This is the second of four meetings between the teams. Dwayne Roloson made a League-high 58 saves on Nov. 23 to lead the Islanders to a 4-3 overtime win at the Air Canada Centre. Josh Bailey scored the game-winner.
Big story -- Just when it seemed as if they handed the Boston Bruins a lottery pick in the Phil Kessel deal, the Maple Leafs have turned things around and are suddenly in the playoff hunt. With points in eight of their past 10 games, Toronto enters Wednesday's action just five points from the No. 8 seed.
Team Scope :
Islanders -- Scott Gordon's club has been comatose the past two games and has been outscored 10-2 along the way. After being blanked in a 4-0 loss at Tampa Bay on Saturday night, the Isles dropped a 6-2 decision in Philadelphia on Tuesday in a game they were pushed around from start to finish.
The Flyers have won 12 in a row and 15 of 16 against the Islanders, dating to the 2007-08 season.
''We don't read too much into that stuff,'' Gordon said. ''Every game is different: different players, different goalies.''
Maple Leafs -- Toronto's offense came to life on Monday night when the Leafs scored five times in the second period en route to a 5-2 victory against the Atlanta Thrashers at the ACC. Vesa Toskala made 22 saves in the win.
"The key first was getting huge saves a couple of times from Vesa, early in the game and then in the second period, a couple of big, key saves right after we'd taken the lead," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. "So it was nice to see Vesa back in form."
Who's hot -- John Tavares tallied the only goals for the Islanders on Tuesday. Both of them came on the power play. He leads all rookies with 13 goals and 23 points. … Alexei Ponikarovsky scored twice in 28 seconds for the Leafs on Monday, giving him 11 goals for the season.
Injury report -- Isles forwards Tim Jackman and Sean Bergenheim suffered injuries during Tuesday's loss and will not play against the Leafs. Andy Sutton (groin) is out, but could return on Saturday. Doug Weight (upper body) hopes to return later this month, along with goaltender Rick DiPietro (knee), who is currently with the team's AHL affiliate in Bridgeport on a conditioning assignment. Radek Martinek (torn ACL) is out for the season. … Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson (heart rate) is out 7-10 days, while defenseman Carl Gunnarsson (elbow) and forward John Mitchell (knee) are expected to return in January. Mike Van Ryn (knee) is out for the season.
Stat pack -- The Islanders had been one of two teams not to surrender a shorthanded goal before Philadelphia's Mike Richards got one on Tuesday. … Toskala had gone 11 appearances without having a two-goal lead to work with until the Leafs' second-period assault on Monday night.
Puck drop -- The Islanders can't possibly use the excuse of having played on Tuesday, because they didn't exert much energy in Philadelphia. It is imperative that Gordon's club puts forth a better effort in its final road game of a 12-in-14 stretch before returning home to face Boston on Saturday night.