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Hurricanes at Maple Leafs preview

Gardiner faces Toronto for first time since joining Carolina as free agent

by Dave McCarthy / Independent Correspondent

HURRICANES (22-12-2) at MAPLE LEAFS (19-14-4)

2 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNO, FS-CR, NHL.TV


The Game

Jake Gardiner will play against the Toronto Maple Leafs for the first time with the Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Arena on Monday.

Gardiner, who signed a four-year contract with the Hurricanes as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 6, played his first 551 NHL games with the Maple Leafs from 2011-19. He had 245 points (45 goals, 200 assists) with Toronto.

Carolina's seven-game point streak (6-0-1) ended with a 4-2 loss to the Florida Panthers at PNC Arena on Saturday.

The Maple Leafs have won four in a row and six of their past seven games. They have outscored opponents 19-8 during the winning streak.


Players to watch

Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen has five assists during a four-game point streak.

Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner has a seven-game point streak (four goals, eight assists).


They said it

"We've got to grind one more game, and then we get a little bit of rest. We have to put [the loss Saturday] behind [us], put everything for the next game, and that's it." -- Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen

"It's not an ideal circumstance, but the fact we are coming off a day off and then we go right into the game, that's something. We'll come in, get right to it, and that's the beauty of these afternoon games -- you wake up, get a meal, get to the rink and play the game and when it's over, you still have time to do your thing." -- Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe


Hurricanes projected lineup

Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele

Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Ryan Dzingel -- Erik Haula -- Martin Necas

Brock McGinn -- Jordan Martinook -- Jordan Martinook

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Joel Edmundson -- Brett Pesce

Jake Gardiner -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

James Reimer

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Haydn Fleury

Injured: None


Maple Leafs projected lineup

Kasperi Kapanen -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Zach Hyman -- John Tavares -- Mitchell Marner

Pierre Engvall -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Ilya Mikheyev

Trevor Moore -- Frederik Gauthier -- Jason Spezza

Morgan Rielly -- Tyson Barrie

Jake Muzzin -- Justin Holl

Travis Dermott -- Cody Ceci

Frederik Andersen

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Dmytro Timashov

Injured: Andreas Johnsson (leg)


Status report

Andersen, who started nine in a row before backing up Michael Hutchison in a 4-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, will start for Toronto. … Haula returned Saturday after missing 15 straight games and 19 of 21 because of a knee injury.


Stat pack

Reimer has won six of his past seven starts. … Hamilton has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past four-games. … Aho, who has 99 NHL goals, has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past four games. … Matthews has seven points (four goals, three assists) during a three-game multipoint streak.

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