NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, January 27th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (14-29-5-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (27-12-8-3), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs seek their fourth straight win
tonight when they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to Air Canada Centre.
Toronto, which is tied with Philadelphia for the Eastern Conference lead at 65
points, is coming off Saturday's 4-1 road win over Montreal. Mats Sundin
registered a goal and an assist in the winning effort.
Joe Nieuwendyk scored to snap a second-period tie and Bryan McCabe and Mikael
Renberg added goals for the Leafs, who wrapped up a brief road trip.
Sundin ended an eight-game goal-scoring drought, and has tallied only twice
this month. The Swedish star still leads the team with 47 points, and his 17
goals tie him with Gary Roberts for the club high.
Ed Belfour finished with 14 saves for the win, and was named NHL Defensive
Player of the Week on Monday. Belfour has allowed two goals or less in five of
the last seven games.
Toronto, 7-3-1 in its last 11 at home, will visit Atlanta on Friday.
Carolina, meanwhile, has lost two straight games and four of its last five. On
Sunday the Canes suffered a 4-2 loss to visiting Buffalo. Jochen Hecht scored
twice to lead the Sabres' effort.
Kevyn Adams had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, while Erik Cole also
scored for Carolina in the defeat. Jamie Storr stopped just 17 of the 21 shots
he faced in the contest.
The game was tied at 2-2 entering the final period, but two costly turnovers
in their own zone led the Hurricanes to the setback.
Adams recorded his fourth shorthanded goal of the year, placing him second in
the NHL in that category.
On the health front, Carolina center Rod Brind'Amour missed the contest due to
a groin strain.
Carolina will host Washington on Thursday.
The Maple Leafs defeated the Hurricanes, 2-1, on November 2 in Raleigh and are
5-0-1 in the last six meetings. Carolina has lost three straight in Toronto.
01/27 10:29:52 ET