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Monday, December 19th (All times eastern)

New York Islanders (16-13-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (16-13-3), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs hopes to bounce back tonight when they welcome the New York Islanders to Air Canada Centre.

Toronto has lost four of its last five games, including Saturday's 8-2 pounding at the hands of the rival Senators. Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Wade Redden each scored a goal and had two assists to lift host Ottawa.

Ed Belfour allowed eight goals on 43 shots, and for his fifth straight start was denied moving past Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk for second on the NHL's all-time wins list. Belfour remains stuck on 447 wins.

Mariusz Czerkawski netted his first goal in a Toronto uniform, and Bryan McCabe also tallied in the loss.

The Maple Leafs' poor penalty killing played a huge role in Saturday's loss, as the Senators tallied six power-play goals on 11 chances.

Toronto, which is 10-7-1 on home ice, will visit Boston on Thursday to begin a home-and-home.

New York, meanwhile, has won four of its last six games. On Saturday, Rick DiPietro stopped 29 of 33 shots and held off a furious Colorado rally to lead the Islanders to a 5-4 win over the Avalanche at Nassau Coliseum.

Forward Arron Asham had a goal and an assist, while defenseman Brent Sopel posted a pair of assists.

The Isles held off the Avalanche, who posted two goals late in the match to make things close. The score had been 5-2 in favor of New York.

The Islanders' Mike York extended his point streak to six games (4g, 6a), while Chris Campoli moved his run to five (2g, 3a).

New York, which is 9-7-1 on the road, will host New Jersey on Wednesday.

Toronto has won two straight meetings with New York, and is 4-2-1 in the last seven overall.

The Islanders are 0-3-1 in their last four trips to Air Canada Centre.

12/19 10:19:18 ET


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