NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, November 10th
(All times eastern)
Minnesota Wild (6-10-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (3-7-5), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to keep moving in the
right direction as they will try for a third straight win when they host the
Minnesota Wild tonight at Air Canada Centre.
The Maple Leafs came into this past weekend with just one win on the season,
but posted back-to-back victories against Carolina and Detroit on Friday and
Toronto last won consecutive outings on March 21 and 24 of last season and
hasn't notched three straight victories since a four-game winning streak from
After notching a close 3-2 win at Carolina, the Leafs returned home to record
Saturday's shocking 5-1 defeat of the defending Western Conference champion
Red Wings. Jeff Finger and Phil Kessel each netted a goal and an assist to
Kessel notched his first goal since coming over to the Leafs in an offseason
trade from Boston, while Finger also scored his first goal of the season.
Kessel has a goal and two assists in three games this year after missing the
first month of the season while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
"When you add a guy like Phil Kessel in the mix, it definitely gives a jolt to
our whole lineup," said Toronto's Jason Blake. "Offensively, he's as dangerous
as they get."
Wayne Primeau, John Mitchell and Alexei Ponikarovsky also scored for the Maple
Leafs, who are just 1-4-2 at home this season. Jonas Gustavsson stopped 35
shots and is 3-2-3 in his first NHL campaign.
Toronto has earned a point in seven straight contests, going 3-0-4 since
beginning the year on an eight-game losing streak.
On the injury front, Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek suffered a lower-
body injury in Saturday's game and is questionable for this evening's test.
The Wild, meanwhile, have won three of their last four games and are coming
off Saturday's close victory over visiting Dallas. Marek Zidlicky registered a
goal and an assist to lift Minnesota to the 3-2 win at Xcel Energy Center.
Cal Clutterbuck and Mikko Koivu also scored for the Wild, while Niklas
Backstrom made 19 saves in the win.
"We stuck with our game plan, stuck with our system. Guys were committed to
playing the right game and helping each other out," Wild defenseman Nick
Wild forward Petr Sykora will miss tonight's game after suffering a concussion
in the win over Dallas. Sykora sustained the injury on a hit to the head by
Steve Ott of the Stars.
Tonight marks the start of a four-game road trip for the Wild, who are just
1-8-0 as the visiting club this season. Minnesota will also make stops in
Tampa, Washington and Carolina during the swing.
This is the only scheduled meeting of the year between the Wild and Leafs.
Minnesota notched a 6-1 home decision against Toronto last year, but the Maple
Leafs have taken five of seven all-time in this series. The Wild have never
won in four trips to Air Canada Centre.
11/10 10:46:53 ET