MAPLE LEAFS (26-20-11) at HURRICANES (24-22-8)
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Maple Leafs team scope
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without rookie Mitchell Marner for the second straight game because of an upper-body injury sustained in a 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday. Marner is tied with Auston Matthews for the Maple Leafs lead in points with 48. Toronto is 4-7-1 in the second of back-to-back games and will try to end a two-game losing streak following a 6-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Toronto scored three goals to erase Ottawa's 3-0 lead before the Senators scored twice in 54 seconds to retake the lead. "We had ample, ample opportunity to win the game down the stretch," coach Mike Babcock said after the game. "We had lots of push at the net and we didn't score and they did. In the end, when you look at the score, 6-3, you don't think it was a very good hockey game, but I think it was a pretty good hockey game. I think we can play way better though. I think we can play better structurally defensively, so we have to get better." The Maple Leafs, who are one point behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference and trail the Florida Panthers by one point for third place in the Atlantic Division, have lost four out of five (1-3-1).
Hurricanes team scope
The Carolina Hurricanes held an optional skate Sunday morning and although several veterans were not present, coach Bill Peters expects a healthy lineup. Forward Phillip Di Giuseppe was recalled from Charlotte of the American Hockey League and is expected to play. He had two points (one goal, one assist) in 18 games with the Hurricanes earlier in the season. Carolina has lost three games in a row, including a 2-1 overtime loss against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday coming off of a five-day break. Peters attributed the loss to the lack of timing and execution. "It's very hard coming out of the break," he said. "You can't skate. It's just the way it is. If we don't skate tonight, we're going to be in trouble."
Maple Leafs projected lineup
James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- Connor Brown
Leo Komarov -- Nazem Kadri -- Josh Leivo
Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander
Matt Martin -- Ben Smith -- Nikita Soshnikov
Morgan Rielly -- Nikita Zaitsev
Jake Gardiner -- Connor Carrick
Matt Hunwick -- Roman Polak
Scratched: Martin Marincin, Alexey Marchenko
Injured: Mitchell Marner (upper body)
Hurricanes projected lineup
Jeff Skinner -- Teuvo Teravainen -- Lee Stempniak
Sebastian Aho -- Jordan Staal -- Elias Lindholm
Phillip Di Giuseppe -- Victor Rask -- Derek Ryan
Joakim Nordstrom -- Jay McClement -- Viktor Stalberg
Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce
Ron Hainsey -- Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin -- Klas Dahlbeck
Scratched: Brock McGinn, Ryan Murphy, Matt Tennyson
Injured: Bryan Bickell (illness)
Andersen, who started against Ottawa, skated with healthy scratches Marincin and Marchenko Sunday, although no starting goaltender has been confirmed. ...Ward was not at the morning skate but is expected to start. ... The St. Louis Blues claimed Ty Rattie off waivers. The Hurricanes claimed Rattie, who has two assists in five games, from the Blues on Jan. 4.
Lindholm has 18 points (three goals, 15 assists) in his past 17 games. ... Nylander has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past three games. ... Leivo has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past three games. ... Matthews has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past three games.