NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, October 20th (All times eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (1-1-2-0) at New York Islanders (2-1-1-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Fresh off their first win of the young season, the Toronto Maple Leafs head to New York tonight where they'll take on the Islanders in the renewal of what has become a heated rivalry.
The temperature has spiked between these clubs since their brutal seven-game series in the first round of the 2002 playoffs. The set included the infamous submarine check thrown by Darcy Tucker that tore up New York captain Michael Peca's knee and forced him to miss the start of last season.
On Saturday night, after an 0-1-2 start, the Maple Leafs posted a 1-0 victory in Montreal. Ed Belfour made 15 saves for his 66th career shutout, and Ric Jackman scored the only goal 14:22 into the contest. Belfour tied Patrick Roy for 11th place on the career shutout list and leads all active goalies. He is now one blanking behind Roy Worters for 10th all-time.
Despite the win, Toronto is still in search of an offensive attack. Pat Quinn's club has managed a mere five goals in four games and is 2-for-20 on the power play. The club remains without sniper Alexander Mogilny, who is day- to-day with a nagging groin injury.
The Leafs play the third portion of a five-game road trip tonight and will visit Dallas on Wednesday.
New York, meanwhile, is 2-0-1 since a 6-1 pounding at the hands of Washington to open the season. Oleg Kvasha scored a power-play goal early in the third period, lifting the Islanders to a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday. Mariusz Czerkawski added his third goal of the year and an assist, and Rick DiPietro made 20 saves.
DiPietro made his third consecutive start in net, and has stopped 54-of-57 shots in those outings. Veteran Garth Snow hasn't seen action since being pulled in the opening loss, but he could be between the pipes tonight.
The Islanders will visit Montreal on Thursday.
Toronto went 2-1-1 against New York last season, but the home team is 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings.
10/20 10:17:54 ET