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Islanders at Maple Leafs preview

New York 2-3-1 in previous six; Nylander can extend goal streak to six games

by Dave McCarthy / Independent Correspondent

ISLANDERS (25-11-3) at MAPLE LEAFS (23-14-5)

7 p.m. ET; CBC, SN360, SNO, SNW, SNP, MSG+, NHL.TV


The Game

The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to score four or more goals for the 10th consecutive game for the second time in their history when they host the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday.

The Maple Leafs last scored at least four goals in 10 straight games Oct. 12 - Nov. 1, 1980. The last NHL team to accomplish the feat was the Pittsburgh Penguins, who scored at least four goals in 15 straight games from Mar. 18-Apr. 14, 1993.

Michael Hutchinson will start for the Maple Leafs, who will try to extend their season-high point streak to 10 games (8-0-1 in past nine). 

Semyon Varlamov will start for the Islanders, who are 2-3-1 in their past six games and will be without defenseman Adam Pelech, who tore his Achilles prior to a 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 2. He is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season.


Players to watch

Islanders forward Brock Nelson has three points (two goals, one assist) during a three-game point streak.

Maple Leafs forward William Nylander will try to extend his goal streak and point streak to six games. He has 11 points (six goals, five assists) during the streak.


They said it

"When you're playing against these guys, you have to watch your turnovers. When you have it in the offensive zone, you want to hang on to it and make them play defense. Any skill player will tell you they don't necessarily love being in their own zone and playing defense." -- Islanders forward Mathew Barzal

"You can see how much talent is on this team and going into the year, everyone knew it wouldn't be a problem for us scoring goals so it's nice to see that. I didn't even know we were on a run like that but at the same time, we have to do a good job keeping it out of our net because we've had some high scoring ones." -- Maple Leafs defenseman Tyson Barrie


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- Brock Nelson -- Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier -- Mathew Barzal -- Josh Bailey

Michael Dal Colle -- Derick Brassard -- Tom Kuhnhackl

Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Leo Komarov

Nick Leddy -- Ryan Pulock

Noah Dobson -- Johnny Boychuk

Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield

Semyon Varlamov

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Ross Johnston, Sebastian Aho

Injured: Cal Clutterbuck (wrist), Adam Pelech (Achilles)

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

Michael Hutchinson

Frederik Andersen

Scratched: Dmytro Timashov

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


Status report

Aho was recalled from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on Friday. … Johnsson and Moore each took part in an optional skate but have not been cleared for contact.


Stat pack

Barzal has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past seven games. … Marner has 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in his past 12 games, including at least one point in 11 of those games. … Matthews has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in his past eight games. … Tavares has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) during a six-game point streak.

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