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Maple Leafs at Ducks preview

Anaheim aiming for third straight win; Toronto trying to avoid fourth consecutive loss

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

MAPLE LEAFS (7-5-0) at DUCKS (6-4-1)
 
10 p.m. ET; SN1, FS-W, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to end a three-game losing streak when they face the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Wednesday. Toronto is 1-4-0 in its past five games after a 6-1-0 start.

The Ducks, looking for their third straight win, will play nine of their next 11 games at home, and will play their next 12 games without leaving California; they won't travel outside the state until playing at the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 27.

Forward Ryan Getzlaf, the team's leading point scorer last season, was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday with a facial injury; he will be eligible to return on Nov. 7, when the Ducks host the Los Angeles Kings.

Cam Fowler, Anaheim's top-scoring defenseman last season, is expected to be sidelined another 2-6 weeks with a right knee injury.

 

Players to watch

Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews has four points (two goals, two assists) in a three-game point streak, and eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past six games.

Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano has three multi-point games this season after posting three in 2016-17. The Toronto native leads the Ducks with nine points (three goals, six assists) this season.

 

They said it

"If it's not going good, after a while you've got to find a way to fix it." -- Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on changes to his lines and defense pairs

"There's no feeling sorry for yourself, because no one feels sorry for you." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle on his team's injuries

 

Maple Leafs projected lineup

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Leo Komarov -- Nazem Kadri -- Josh Leivo

James van Riemsdyk -- Patrick Marleau -- Connor Brown

Matt Martin -- Tyler Bozak -- Mitchell Marner

Morgan Rielly -- Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner -- Connor Carrick

Andreas Borgman -- Nikita Zaitsev

Frederik Andersen

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Roman Polak, Dominic Moore, Kasperi Kapanen

Injured: None

 

Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Kalle Kossila -- Corey Perry

Jakob Silfverberg -- Antoine Vermette -- Andrew Cogliano

Nick Ritchie -- Derek Grant -- Ondrej Kase

Chris Wagner -- Dennis Rasmussen -- Logan Shaw

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Francois Beauchemin -- Brandon Montour

Jaycob Megna -- Sami Vatanen

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Reto Berra, Jared Boll 

Injured: Ryan Getzlaf (face), Cam Fowler (knee), Patrick Eaves (illness), Kevin Bieksa (hand), Ryan Kesler (hip surgery)

 

Status report

Leivo will enter the lineup for the second time this season, and Carrick is set to play after being a healthy scratch the past four games. … Kossila was recalled from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Tuesday and will make his third NHL appearance of the season after a goal and an assist in his first two games.

 

Stat pack

The Maple Leafs have scored an NHL-leading 20 goals in the first period this season and have allowed 15, tied for fourth-most. … Wagner has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past six games. … Montour has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past five games.

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