Maple Leafs-Wild Preview
GAME: Toronto Maple Leafs (15-6-5-3) at Minnesota Wild (10-13-5-0).
TIME: Thursday, 8 p.m. EST.
The Toronto Maple Leafs look to extend their point streak to 10 straight
games when they become the last NHL team to visit the Minnesota Wild at the
Xcel Energy Center.
Toronto is 3-0 all-time against Minnesota, holding it to three goals in the
meetings which all took place at the Air Canada Centre. The Leafs are the only
team that Minnesota has yet to beat since joining the NHL for the 2000-01
Minnesota may have a tough time trying to win its first game against
The Leafs had their eight-game winning streak come to an end on Tuesday, but
they were able to pick up a point with a 3-2 loss in overtime to the St. Louis
Toronto has earned at least one point in nine straight games, and in 12 of
its last 13 contests to move into first place in the Northeast Division.
The Blues took a 2-0 lead in the second period, but the Leafs came back to
tie it when Joe Nieuwendyk scored a short-handed goal with 17 seconds in
Toronto's Tom Fitzgerald got a four-minute penalty for high-sticking with
3:01 left in regulation, enabling St. Louis to carry its power play into
overtime. The Blues scored 30 seconds into the extra period to end the Leafs'
"The worst part was that I was so thankful that we clawed back and got the
point, but then to look up and see that I had a minute left in the box, it's
disheartening to say the least," Fitzgerald said.
Minnesota won for just the third time in its last 10 games, beating the
Calgary Flames 2-1 on Tuesday behind Manny Fernandez's 31 saves and Andrei
Zyuzin's goal and assist.
The Wild entered the game having scored only one goal in each of their past
"It's good to get the two points," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. "But
there were a lot of plays that have not been that sharp. We have to work on
that. The first five or six minutes were not that good. We settled down and
played a lot better. Manny kept us in the game."