NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, February 6th
(All times eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (26-21-6) at St. Louis Blues (21-24-8), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The red-hot Toronto Maple Leafs shoot for a season-best
fifth consecutive victory when they resume their road trip tonight against the
St. Louis Blues.
Toronto has put itself back into postseason contention with its recent surge.
The injury-plagued club now stands just one point behind defending Stanley Cup
champion Carolina for the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot.
The Maple Leafs have also won the first three tests of this current five-game
road swing and are coming off a hard-fought 3-2 triumph over rival Ottawa on
Saturday. John Pohl scored the game-winning goal in the fifth round of the
shootout to give Toronto the victory.
Jeff O'Neill and Mats Sundin scored in regulation for the Maple Leafs, who won
for the sixth time in seven outings. Sundin also lit the lamp in the shootout,
while Andrew Raycroft put forth another outstanding effort in goal.
Raycroft made 30 saves in regulation and stopped the final four Ottawa skaters
he faced during the deciding phase. The 26-year-old has yielded only five
goals over the course of Toronto's four-game win streak and was named the
NHL's First Star of the Week on Monday.
The Maple Leafs have not won five consecutive games since ripping off six
victories in a row from December 23-January 2 of last season.
The Blues got back in the win column Saturday after suffering three straight
defeats. Manny Legace turned back 22 Dallas shots to record his fourth shutout
of the season as St. Louis downed the Stars, 2-0, at the Scottrade Center.
Martin Rucinsky and Keith Tkachuk scored the goals for the Blues, with Doug
Weight assisting on both markers.
St. Louis will be playing the second contest of a three-game homestand tonight
and is 11-13-3 at the Scottrade Center this season. The Blues will host rival
Detroit on Thursday.
Tonight marks the first encounter between these teams since December 9, 2003,
when the Blues skated away with a 3-2 overtime decision in Toronto. St. Louis
has won two straight in this series and is 5-1-1 (one tie) in its last seven
meetings with the Maple Leafs.
02/06 10:59:12 ET