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Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Hurricanes: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Canes look to stay undefeated against the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs, and news from around the NHL.

Carolina Hurricanes v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images

The Carolina Hurricanes return home to face the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Canes look to extend their season-opening win streak to five games against a struggling Leafs team. This is the second time in three seasons and the third time in franchise history that the Canes have started the season with a four-game win streak. A win Monday would be the best start to a season in franchise history.

Toronto has struggled in this young season, which now includes their current three-game skid which has seen them lose by a combined score of 14-5. They are without their opening day starting goalie Petr Mrazek, which means either Jack Campbell or Michael Hutchinson will be in the crease for tonight’s game.

Despite only scoring 12 goals in six games this season, the Leafs are always poised to have an offensive breakout game. The Canes need to make sure they continue to limit Auston Matthews, John Tavares and William Nylander. While the Canes are unlikely to make any major lineup changes, the Leafs could be tweaking their top six to try to spark the offense.

Vital Statistics

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Sabres
Category Hurricanes Sabres
Record 15-6-1 8-12-3
Goals/Game 3.14 2.91
Goals Against/Game 2.27 3.65
Shots/Game 33.68 29.13
Face Off Win % 53.7% 45.6%
Power Play % (Rank) 18.9% (15th) 20.0% (13th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 88.1% (3rd) 78.3% (24th)
ES Corsi For % 55.98% 48.32%
ES PDO 101.24 99.60
PIM/Game 09:16 07:21

Goaltender #1

Goaltender #1

Category Frederik Andersen Craig Anderson
Category Frederik Andersen Craig Anderson
Record 11-5-0 4-2-0
Save % .928 .921
GAA 2.05 2.49

Goaltender #2

Goaltender #2

Category Antti Raanta Dustin Tokarski
Category Antti Raanta Dustin Tokarski
Record 3-1-1 4-5-3
Save % .894 .903
GAA 2.49 3.28

Game Notes

  • Tonight is the first of three meetings between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Toronto Maple Leafs, with this being the only meeting in Raleigh this season. The Canes lead the all-time series 66-42-11-5. The teams last met in 2020 and tied the season series in 2019-2020.
  • Sebastian Aho, Andre Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen all extended their point streaks to four games on Saturday
  • Ian Cole’s next game will be his 600th career NHL game, all signs point to that being tonight
  • Vincent Trocheck has five points in his last two games which included a two-goal performance in Columbus. That marked only his second two-goal game since joining the Canes. His first goal on Saturday was his 13th career game-winning goal.

Reading Assignments

  • Maple Leafs are questioning their belief after a blow-out loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins who were without their top three centers and more. [Sportsnet]
  • Two more players and one coach join Patrick Kane on the Chicago Blackhawks COVID list. The Blackhawks still have yet to lead in a game. [ESPN]
  • Still, no timetable for Sidney Crosby to return from his wrist surgery. So far the Penguins have been able to survive without their super-star center. [NBC Sports]
  • Mark Messier discusses key moments of his hockey hall of fame career and what it was like to play with Wayne Gretzky. [CBC]
  • Matt Murray to go onto the IR and miss 1-2 weeks with a head/neck injury he sustained Saturday against the New York Rangers. The Rangers eventually won the matchup. [TSN]