MAPLE LEAFS (35-18-3) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (31-23-4)
10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, ATTSN-RM, SNO, NHL.TV
The Toronto Maple Leafs will look for their sixth win in seven games when they visit the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday.
Toronto is 5-1-1 since its mandatory five-day break following the 2019 NHL All-Star Game and one point ahead of the Boston Bruins for second place in the Atlantic Division with a game in hand. Goalie Frederik Andersen is expected to start for the Maple Leafs.
The Golden Knights are 2-6-0 in their past eight games and hope to end a four-game home losing streak, the longest in their history. Coach Gerard Gallant did not commit to a starting goalie after the morning skate.
Players to watch
Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews is one goal from 100 in the NHL.
Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt has three points (two goals, one assist) during a three-game point streak.
They said it
"They got a real good team. Four lines deep, play real fast. I like their team. They're heavy, they're hard to play against. We know we have a real good game tonight." -- Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock
"You better get up for [Toronto] because if you don't, you're going to get your you-know-what kicked. Our job as professional athletes and professional coaches is to get ready for the next game, no matter who you're playing." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant
Maple Leafs projected lineup
Patrick Marleau -- Auston Matthews -- Kasperi Kapanen
Zach Hyman -- John Tavares -- Mitchell Marner
Connor Brown -- Nazem Kadri -- William Nylander
Par Lindholm -- Frederik Gauthier -- Andreas Johnsson
Jake Muzzin -- Morgan Rielly
Jake Gardiner -- Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermott -- Ron Hainsey
Scratched: Tyler Ennis, Justin Holl, Igor Ozhiganov
Golden Knights projected lineup
Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith
Max Pacioretty -- Paul Stastny -- Alex Tuch
Oscar Lindberg -- Cody Eakin -- Brandon Pirri
William Carrier -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Ryan Reaves
Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt
Shea Theodore -- Deryk Engelland
Jon Merrill -- Colin Miller
Scratched: Valentin Zykov, Tomas Nosek, Jake Bischoff
Injured: Erik Haula (lower body), Nick Holden (undisclosed), Ryan Carpenter (upper body)
Pirri (illness) is a game-time decision.
Tavares has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past five games. … Engelland is expected to play his 600th NHL game. … Tuch has no points in his past six games after getting 14 (four goals, 10 assists) in his previous 13.