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Friday, December 15th (All times eastern)

Toronto Maple Leafs (14-13-5) at Carolina Hurricanes (15-13-4), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes try to avoid their fifth consecutive loss tonight when they welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to the RBC Center.

Toronto head coach Paul Maurice visits the Hurricanes for the first time since being fired as their head coach in 2003. Maurice, in his first season behind the Maple Leafs' bench, began his tenure with Carolina when the team was in Hartford, and he led the team to the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals.

On Monday the Canes lost a 5-2 contest in Colorado, as Joe Sakic and Andrew Brunette each had a goal and two assists to lift the Avalanche. Colorado tallied four consecutive goals in the third period to rally from a 2-1 deficit.

Justin Williams scored two goals and John Grahame stopped 25 shots for the Hurricanes, who went 0-3-1 on their completed four-game road trip.

Carolina will visit Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Toronto, meanwhile, ended a seven-game slide on Tuesday. Chad Kilger scored two goals to help the Maple Leafs to a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Air Canada Centre.

Darcy Tucker had a goal and an assist and Jeff O'Neill and Alexei Ponikarovsky each scored a goal for the Maple Leafs, whose seven-game skid marked a season high.

Jean-Sebastien Aubin started in net for Toronto but was pulled after allowing three goals on nine shots. Andrew Raycroft finished the game in net and only allowed one goal on 17 shots.

Toronto will host the NY Rangers on Saturday.

The Leafs and Canes split four meetings last season, with each team winning twice in its own rink.

12/15 10:19:04 ET


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