NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, March 27th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (38-29-8) at Toronto Maple Leafs (36-29-10), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pivotal battle in the Eastern Conference playoff races
will take place tonight in Toronto, as the Maple Leafs invite the Carolina
Hurricanes to Air Canada Centre.
Carolina comes into Tuesday's action with 84 points and is tied with the New
York Islanders and Montreal for the eighth and final postseason berth in the
East. Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs are still very much in the mix with 82
The Hurricanes are in the midst of a three-game winning streak and the latest
triumph came Saturday over the visiting San Jose Sharks. Andrew Ladd notched
his first two-goal game of the season as Carolina held off a late rally to
post the 6-4 win at RBC Center.
Scott Walker posted three assists for the Hurricanes, who have won four of
five. Cory Stillman had a goal and an assist while Erik Cole, Eric Staal and
Ray Whitney also lit the lamp. Cam Ward stopped 20-of-24 shots to earn the
Beginning this evening, the Hurricanes will play four of their next five games
on the road. Carolina is 18-15-4 as the visiting team on the year.
The Leafs had lost three of four games before defeating the Buffalo Sabres on
Saturday. Darcy Tucker scored twice and Andrew Raycroft stopped 19 shots to
lift Toronto over the Sabres, 4-1.
Nik Antropov had a goal and an assist while Bryan McCabe and Kyle Wellwood
notched two assists each for Toronto, which rebounded to win the second half
of a home-and-home. The Sabres downed the Maple Leafs, 5-4, in Buffalo on
Friday, rallying from a 4-1 deficit.
This evening's test marks the end of a brief two-game homestand for Toronto,
which is just 17-15-5 as the hosts.
The Maple Leafs have earned two wins in three meetings with Carolina this
season and have taken five of the last nine encounters in the series.
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