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Maple Leafs at Hurricanes preview

Toronto shuffles lines in search of offense; Ward to start for Carolina

by Kurt Dusterberg / Correspondent

MAPLE LEAFS (14-8-1) at HURRICANES (9-7-4)

7:30 p.m. ET; TSN4, FS-CR, NHL.TV


The Game

Goaltender Frederik Andersen will make his fifth straight start for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have shuffled all four lines for their game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Friday.

Forward Matt Martin will be a healthy scratch for the first time this season as the Maple Leafs look for more offense. Toronto lost 2-1 in a shootout at the Florida Panthers on Wednesday and 4-1 at home to the Arizona Coyotes on Monday.

Goaltender Cam Ward will start for the Hurricanes, who will try to bounce back from a 6-1 home loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday. The Hurricanes were 5-1-1 prior to that loss. Center Victor Rask will return to the lineup after two games as a healthy scratch.


Players to watch

Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has an eight-game point streak (five goals, four assists).  

Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho has scored a goal in each of the past five games.


They said it

"I don't control the matchups on the road, so I can't get mismatched in any situation with (Patrick Marleau) at center. He can play against anybody. I don't know if he would score as much if we played him in the middle all the time, and I want him to score and put the heat on defensemen. His speed is so good, you would like to use that. So that's the negative side [to playing center]." -- Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock

"I didn't like a whole bunch of our game in the 6-1 (loss to Rangers). You can start from the goaltender on out and try to find three guys that you're happy with or who played well, and I don't think you can do it." -- Hurricanes coach Bill Peters


Maple Leafs projected lineup

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- Mitchell Marner

Leo Komarov -- Nazem Kadri -- Nikita Soshnikov

James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- William Nylander

Josh Leivo -- Patrick Marleau -- Connor Brown

Morgan Rielly -- Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner -- Nikita Zaitsev

Andreas Borgman -- Connor Carrick

Frederik Andersen

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Matt Martin, Dominic Moore, Roman Polak

Injured: None


Hurricanes projected lineup

Sebastian Aho -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen

Brock McGinn -- Victor Rask -- Elias Lindholm

Jeff Skinner -- Derek Ryan -- Justin Williams

Joakim Nordstrom -- Marcus Kruger -- Phillip Di Giuseppe

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Haydn Fleury -- Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Cam Ward

Scott Darling

Scratched: Josh Jooris, Klas Dahlbeck

Injured: Lee Stempniak (lower body)


Status report

The Maple Leafs will complete a back-to-back set at home against the Washington Capitals on Saturday. … The Hurricanes are playing the third game of a four-game homestand that ends Sunday against the Nashville Predators.


Stat pack

Van Riemsdyk has five goals in his past six games. … Teravainen has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in the past five games.

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