NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, December 5th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (17-7-4) at Toronto Maple Leafs (13-10-5), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers try to push their latest winning streak to five games tonight when they visit the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
The Southeast Division leaders are coming off Saturday's 3-1 road win in Florida. Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 shots as the Thrashers continued their domination of Panthers. Atlanta has defeated Florida in all five matchups this season and outscored the Panthers, 20-6.
J.P. Vigier, Glen Metropolit and Ilya Kovalchuk all scored goals for the Thrashers, who have won five of their last six games.
Atlanta's Marian Hossa did not post a point in Saturday's win, but was named one of the NHL's "Three Stars of the Week" on Monday. He was named third star after finishing the week second among all NHL scorers with eight points (4g, 4a) in two consecutive four-point games. He began the week with a goal and three assists in the Thrashers' 5-4 overtime win against the New York Rangers a week ago, then recorded his first hat trick of the season and added an assist in Atlanta's 5-0 shutout of Toronto on Thursday.
Atlanta will finish a three-game road trip on Thursday in Tampa.
Toronto, meanwhile, has lost its last four games (0-3-1). On Saturday the Leafs dropped a 4-3 shootout tilt in Montreal, as Sheldon Souray scored the game-winner in the shootout to lift the Habs.
Ian White, Mats Sundin and Kyle Wellwood each scored a goal for the Maple Leafs, who have lost four five of their last six games overall. Netminder Andrew Raycroft finished with 19 saves.
Sundin has two goals in four games since returning from an elbow injury that sidelined him for nearly three weeks.
The Maple Leafs will visit Boston on Thursday.
Toronto and Atlanta have split two meetings this season, with each club winning in its own building.
12/05 10:16:19 ET