NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, October 20th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (3-2-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (3-1-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs shoot for their fourth
consecutive victory tonight when they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to Air
Since losing their first three games of the season, the Leafs have defeated
Philadelphia, Atlanta and Montreal. Last Saturday, Eric Lindros scored a pair
of goals, including the eventual game-winner with under eight minutes to play,
to lead Toronto to a 3-2 victory over the host Canadiens.
Jason Allison also netted a goal and Alexander Steen contributed two assists
in the win.
Ed Belfour stopped 29 of 31 shots to help Toronto avenge last week's 5-4
defeat to the rival Habs.
Lindros seems like the year off did him well, as he leads the Leafs with five
goals. His performance as been key since captain and first-line center Mats
Sundin went down with a broken orbital bone in the season opener.
Toronto's Jeff O'Neill will face his former club for the first time since
signing with his new club after the lockout. O'Neill was selected fifth
overall by the Hartford Whalers in 1994 and spent the first nine seasons of
his NHL career with the Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes franchise.
The Maple Leafs begin a three-game homestand tonight and will host
Philadelphia on Saturday.
Carolina, meanwhile, has won its last two games. On Saturday, Rod Brind'Amour
scored twice and Matt Cullen posted a goal and two assists, as the Canes
routed New Jersey, 6-1, at Continental Airlines Arena.
Radim Vrbata and Josef Vasicek each recorded a goal and an assist, while Mike
Commodore and Oleg Tverdovsky finished with a pair of helpers for the
Hurricanes, whose offense erupted for the second straight game. Carolina was
coming off last Wednesday's 7-2 trouncing of Washington.
Rookie Cam Ward made 27 saves in net in Saturday's victory.
The Canes will visit Washington on Saturday.
10/20 10:32:28 ET