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Smith expected back in goal for Edmonton; Toronto looking to extend point streak to 11

by Dave McCarthy / Independent Correspondent

OILERS (22-17-5) at MAPLE LEAFS (24-14-5)



The Game

The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to extend their season-high point streak to 11 games when they play the Edmonton Oilers at Scotiabank Arena on Monday.

The Maple Leafs have won three straight games and are 9-0-1 in their past 10. An 11-game point streak would tie the second-longest in Maple Leafs history; they went 8-0, with three ties from Oct. 15-Nov. 8, 1950 and 7-0 with four ties from Jan. 6-Feb. 1, 1994). Toronto's record is 16 games (14-0-1 with one tie, Nov. 22 to Dec. 26, 2003).

Goalie Mike Smith is expected make his third straight start for the Oilers, who are 2-0-1 with 13 goals in their past three games.


Players to watch

Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past six games.

Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner has 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in his past 13 games, and had at least a point in 12 of those games.


They said it

"They've been playing well, a very skilled team, so it will be a great test for us. We'll have to make sure we're ready. You just have to be consistent with 60-minute efforts like we had on Saturday against Boston (4-1 win). It can't be a one-off. It was a very solid game throughout our lineup and we're going to need that again tonight." -- Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl

"If you look at Edmonton they're probably a little bit more offensive, take a few more chances, but I don't think that changes our structure or the expectation of how we're supposed to play. We go out and do what we feel we have to do. We're just focused on keeping what we have going here." -- Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly


Oilers projected lineup

James Neal -- Connor McDavid -- Zack Kassian

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Leon Draisaitl -- Kailer Yamamoto

Joakim Nygard -- Gaetan Haas -- Alex Chiasson

Jujhar Khaira -- Riley Sheahan -- Josh Archibald

Darnell Nurse -- Ethan Bear

Oscar Klefbom -- Adam Larsson

Caleb Jones -- Kris Russell

Mike Smith

Mikko Koskinen

Scratched: Patrick Russell, William Lagesson, Sam Gagner

Injured: None


Maple Leafs projected lineup

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- Mitchell Marner

Alexander Kerfoot -- John Tavares -- William Nylander

Pierre Engvall -- Jason Spezza -- Kasperi Kapanen

Mason Marchment -- Adam Brooks -- Frederik Gauthier

Morgan Rielly -- Tyson Barrie

Martin Marincin -- Justin Holl

Travis Dermott -- Cody Ceci

Frederik Andersen

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Dmytro Timashov

Injured: Andreas Johnsson (leg), Trevor Moore (concussion), Ilya Mikheyev (wrist laceration), Jake Muzzin (foot)


Status report

The Oilers are not expected to make any lineup changes from their win against the Bruins on Saturday. ... Brooks will play after missing the 3-0 win against the New York Islanders on Saturday because of an illness.


Stat pack

Draisaitl has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past six games. … McDavid has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past six games. … Matthews has 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in his past nine games. ... The Maple Leafs have scored four or more goals in nine of their past 10 games.

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