Carolina Hurricanes at Toronto Maple Leafs
January 19, 2015 - 7:30 pm ET
Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON
TV - Fox Sports Carolinas
Radio - 99.9 FM The Fan
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|Division Rank||8th Metro||6th Atlantic|
|Conference Rank||15th EC||10th EC|
|Streak||Won 1||Lost 4|
|Power Play %||16.9%||19.2%|
|Penalty Kill %||87.4%||82.6%|
|ES Goals For %||41.3%||47.5%|
|ES Corsi For %||51.4%||45.1%|
|ES Save Percentage||.910||.925|
|ES Save Percentage||.911||.908|
Stats via NHL.com and War on Ice
- On December 18th, the Canes and Maple Leafs met at PNC Arena for their first match-up of the season. At the time, the Canes were on a six-game losing streak during which they only mustered one goal per game against their opponents. The Leafs, on the other hand, had won 10 of their last 12 and were on a six-game winning streak. Both streaks were broken that night as the Canes found their scoring touch and emerged with the 4-1 win, setting off a bit of a reversal of fortune for both teams.
- Since the win, the Canes have returned to a healthy roster and have gone 6-6-2 including a 5-2-1 record in January where they have outscored their opponents 21-14.
- Meanwhile, since their loss the Leafs have gone 3-11-0, dropped four spots in the Eastern Conference standings, fired a head coach, and dealt with media accusations that their star player is 'uncoachable'. Since Peter Horachek took over as interim head coach after the firing of Randy Carlyle on January 6th, the Leafs have gone 1-5-0 and have been outscored 20-8. They are on a four-game losing streak and have scored one goal total in those four games, which is where we find ourselves heading into tonight's rematch at the center of the hockey universe.
- The Canes split the weekend with a 3-0 loss to the Canucks at home Friday followed by a 3-2 win over the Senators in Ottawa on Saturday. Goaltender Anton Khudobin took first star honors in Saturday's win, his fourth consecutive win in net and first of the season that wasn't the outcome of a shootout. It will remain to be seen if head coach Bill Peters rides the hot hand and Dobby gets the start again tonight. The Canes didn't practice yesterday, so if there are any line-up changes from Saturday, they won't be forthcoming until later this morning.
- Congratulations to Jeff Skinner, who at the tender age of 22 will play in his 300th career NHL game tonight. Skinner has two 30-goal seasons and 204 points on his NHL resume, and is one of six Hurricanes players who average over a point-per-game against the Maple Leafs.
- The Canes continue to be killers short-handed, perfect now through 13 games and 33 penalty kills. On the flip side, the power play has gone cold, 0-for-10 in the past four games.
- The Leafs recent four-game skid came during a road trip that took them through tough opponents in California and St. Louis, where they tallied their last loss, 3-0 to the Blues on Saturday night. They return to ACC with a respectable 15-9-0 home record this season. Phil Kessel, who will represent the Maple Leafs at the All-Star Game, leads the team with 43 points (19g, 24a), followed by James van Riemsdyk with 40 points (19g, 21a).
- The Maple Leafs held team meetings yesterday but did not skate after their return from St. Louis, so any line-up changes will be reported after the morning skate.
Hurricanes (from Saturday's game)
Injuries and Scratches:, Alexander Semin (healthy), Andrej Nestrasil (healthy), John-Michael Liles (healthy)
Maple Leafs (from Saturday's game)
Injuries and Scratches: Peter Holland (IR upper body), Joffrey Lupul (IR lower body), Leo Komarov (shoulder), Stephane Robidas (healthy), Matt Frattin (healthy)