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New York goes for points in 13 straight games; Toronto forward Hyman to make season debut

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

MAPLE LEAFS (9-6-4) at ISLANDERS (12-3-1)

7 p.m. ET; SN, MSG+, NHL.TV


The Game

The New York Islanders will try to extend their point streak to 13 games when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday.

The Islanders, who are 11-0-1 in their past 12, are expected to have forward Leo Komarov in the lineup for the first time since Oct. 17. Komarov (illness/neck) has missed nine games but was activated off injured reserve Tuesday.

Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman will make his season debut; he had surgery for a torn ACL in April. The 27-year-old set NHL career-highs in goals (21) and points (41) last season.


Players to watch

Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews has nine points (two goals, seven assists) during a four-game point streak. His 13 goals are tied for third in the NHL with Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin.

Islanders center Mathew Barzal has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past five games.


They said it

"I really don't know what to expect with [Hyman]. I know he's going to work as hard as he possibly can; he's been out a long time, so we'll monitor that. [Kasperi Kapanen] is a speed, forecheck player, and John's (John Tavares) at the net and the guy who shoots it and he does his damage in the zone. They have to be a cycle line to be successful, and they're aware of that." -- Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock

"Anytime you play a really good team like Toronto, it's easy to ramp it up a little bit. We know there's going to be a lot of energy in the building, and I know the boys are looking forward to it." -- Islanders forward Anders Lee


Maple Leafs projected lineup

Andreas Johnsson -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Zach Hyman -- John Tavares -- Kasperi Kapanen

Ilya Mikheyev -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Trevor Moore

Nic Petan -- Nicholas Shore -- Frederik Gauthier

Morgan Rielly -- Cody Ceci

Jake Muzzin -- Tyson Barrie

Travis Dermott -- Justin Holl

Frederik Andersen

Kasimir Kaskisuo

Scratched: Jason Spezza, Dmytro Timashov

Injured: Mitchell Marner (ankle)


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Josh Bailey

Michael Dal Colle -- Derick Brassard -- Leo Komarov

Ross Johnston -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Semyon Varlamov

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Noah Dobson, Otto Koivula

Injured: Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body), Andrew Ladd (knee), Matt Martin (lower body)


Status report

With Hyman returning, Spezza will be a healthy scratch. He has four points (one goal, three assists) in 10 games. … Cizikas and Clutterbuck each had a maintenance day Tuesday but will play. … Ladd returned from an extended conditioning stint with Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. He has not been activated off injured reserve.


Stat pack

Tavares has 99 points (52 goals, 47 assists) since joining the Maple Leafs prior to the start of last season. … Andersen is 7-1-1 in nine games against the Islanders; he is 3-0-0 with a 1.95 goals-against average and .938 save percentage on the road this season. … New York is 10-0-1 when it scores at least three goals.

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