NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, January 5th
(All times eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (21-8-8-3) at Pittsburgh Penguins (9-22-5-3), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs try to halt a four-game winless
streak tonight when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Igloo.
Toronto is 0-2-2 during the skid, which comes on the heels of its 16-game
point streak. The Leafs, though, still lead the Northeast Division with 53
points -- five more than second-place Ottawa -- and are tied with Philadelphia
for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
On Saturday, Matt Stajan scored with 3:02 left in regulation to earn the
Maple Leafs a 3-3 tie with the Buffalo Sabres at Air Canada Centre.
Mats Sundin and Gary Roberts also netted goals for the Leafs, while Ed Belfour
finished with 13 saves. Belfour slid across the crease on his back to rob
Dmitri Kalinin's one-timer from the left circle on a two-on-one rush and
preserve the tie in overtime.
The game did feature a scary moment in the first minute of play when Toronto
right wing Owen Nolan was clipped near the left eye by a high stick from
Buffalo's Jay McKee. Nolan headed to the hospital for stitches and was met
there by an eye specialist for further examination. Nolan underwent laser
surgery on Monday to repair a tear in the eye.
Toronto, 7-2-2 in its last 11 road games, will host Nashville on Tuesday.
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, has lost three straight and is 1-6-1-1 in its last nine
games. On Saturday the Pens dropped a 4-1 contest to the visiting New York
New York's Jussi Markkanen stopped 40 shots to stymie the Penguins, who have
scored one goal or less in four of their last five games. Sebastien Caron
stopped 23 shots for Pittsburgh, which has dropped two straight. Eric Meloche
netted the lone goal in defeat.
The Penguins, with 26 points, are last in the NHL's overall standings -- one
behind Washington and Columbus. They will visit New Jersey on Wednesday.
Toronto defeated Pittsburgh, 4-2, at Air Canada Centre on November 4 and has
won three straight meetings. The Leafs have also won three-in-a-row at the
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