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Game Preview: Islanders vs Maple Leafs

The Islanders host the Leafs in their regular season home finale (7 p.m., MSG+2)

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The Islanders look to complete a season series sweep over the Maple Leafs on Monday night. New York has outscored Toronto 10-1 this season. The Isles first beat the Maple Leafs 4-0 on Dec. 29 at ScotiaBank Arena and then claimed a 6-1 win on Feb. 28 at the NYCB Live Nassau Coliseum. The meeting on Feb. 28 marked the first homecoming for former Isles captain John Tavares who signed as a free agent with Toronto on July 1, 2019. 

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- The Islanders clinched a playoff berth on Saturday night with a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. The Islanders are returning to the postseason after a two-year absence and qualified in March for the first time since 1990.

- The Isles had goals from Anthony Beauvillier (2G), Jordan Eberle, Michael Dal Colle and Ryan Pulock in the win over the Sabres.

- Robin Lehner made 31 saves and recorded his 24th win of the season - a new career-high. Lehner is ranked third in the league for both his a save percentage of .928 and his goals against average of 2.19. 

- Beauvillier found the back of the net for the first time since March 7 and scored his 17th and 18th goals of the season. Beauvillier has 27 points (18G, 9A) through his 78 appearances. 

- Eberle has four goals in his last four games and has 36 points (18G, 18A) through 75 games. 

- Since being assembled on March 11, Eberle and linemates Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee have combined for 20 points (11G, 9A) during that stretch of 11 games. 

- Barzal's assist on a Eberle's goal against Buffalo tonight bumps the sophomore up to 147 career points, tying him with Denis Potvin for the 5th most by a player with the Islanders before age 22. Barzal leads the Isles in points with 62 (18G, 44A) through 79 games. 

- Pulock has four points in his past two games (1G, 3A). The 24-year-old defenseman has 37 points (9G, 28A) in 79 games. 

- The Isles Magic Number to clinch the Division is 10. The Isles will need to earn one more point than Washington does in game 80 and 81 to have a chance to win the division in game 82, according to Eric Hornick. 

- The Isles lead the league in goals against per game with an average of 2.38. The league average is 2.99. The Isles allowed the most goals in the NHL last season. Only once in NHL history has a team allowed the most goals in one season and the fewest in the next; the Ottawa Senators did so in 1917-18 and 1918-19. 

- Islanders President and GM Lou Lamoriello announced on Sunday that Tanner Fritz underwent surgery on Saturday to repair a blood clot in his hand and is expected to be out for 6-8 weeks. 

- The Isles are (6-4-0) in their last 10 games. 


- Toronto looks to break out of its two-game losing skid and wrap up a three-game road trip to Long Island after dropping to a 5-4 shootout loss to Philadelphia on March 27 and 4-2 to Ottawa on March 30. 

- After losing to Ottawa, the Leafs still await to punch their ticket to the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Toronto (97 points) is third in the Atlantic Division behind Boston (103 points) and league leader Tampa (122 points). 

- John Tavares returns to Long Island for the second time this season since signing with his hometown team as a free agent. Tavares has a team-high - and career-high - 45 goals and has matched his career-high with 86 points in his 78 games as a Maple Leaf. Tavares is ranked third in the league behind Alexander Ovechkin and Leon Draisaitl in goals. 

- Mitchell Marner is Toronto's points leader. The 21-year-old winger has 91 points (25G, 66A) through 78 games. Marner has the fourth highest assists in the league with 66. 

- Auston Matthews scored his 37th goal of the season on Saturday, the 21-year-old's third year in the NHL. Matthews has 72 points (37G, 35A) in 64 games. 

- The Maple Leafs have the second highest faceoff win percentage in the league at 53.2%. Philadelphia leads the league with 54.9%.

- Defenseman Calle Rosen was recalled from Toronto's AHL affiliate the Toronto Marlies on Sunday. Rosen has 46 points (7G, 39A) through 54 games with the Marlies. Rosen has dressed in four career NHL games and recorded one assist. 

- Travis Dermott returned to the lineup against Ottawa for the first time in 14 games after sustaining an upper-body injury on since Feb. 25. Dermott was -3 and logged 17:43 of ice time and 31 seconds on the power play in his return. 

- Jake Gardiner returned to practice for the first time on March 28. Gardiner has been sidelined since Feb. 26 with a back injury. 

- Toronto is 3-5-2 in their past 10 games. 

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*Graphic courtesy of Islanders PR

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