|3||CAROLINA||+125||Ov 5.5,-110||+125||Ov 5.5,-110|
|4||TORONTO||-145||Un 5.5,-110||-145||Un 5.5,-110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||8-7-0||+1.6||8-7||+1.6||6-9||2.7||31.5||2.7||32.1|
|Last 5 Games||0-5-0||-6.5||0-5||-6.5||0-4||1.0||28.6||3.6||32.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||31||86||21||34||30||1||7||994||8.7%||112||14||12.5%||143|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||15||40||8||13||18||1||5||472||8.5%||52||8||15.4%||66|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||5||2||0||3||0||0||143||3.5%||14||2||14.3%||9|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||90||29||23||36||2||3||976||9.2%||107||25||23.4%||150|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||40||16||13||9||2||1||482||8.3%||51||13||25.5%||70|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||18||3||7||7||1||2||163||11.0%||12||5||41.7%||27|
|DAN ELLIS (All Games)||12||11||342||314||91.8%||1||4-7||-4.5||4-7-0||-5||4-6|
|DAN ELLIS (Road Games)||5||4||123||114||92.7%||0||1-3||-1.8||1-3-0||-2||2-2|
|DAN ELLIS (Last 4 Games)||4||4||126||115||91.3%||0||0-4||-5.6||0-4-0||-6||0-3|
|JUSTIN PETERS (All Games)||6||5||155||140||90.3%||0||2-3||-1.5||2-3-0||-1||2-3|
|JUSTIN PETERS (Road Games)||2||2||52||48||92.3%||0||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|JUSTIN PETERS (Last 4 Games)||4||3||87||79||90.8%||0||1-2||-1.5||1-2-0||-1||0-3|
|CAM WARD (All Games)||17||15||477||433||90.8%||2||9-6||+2.6||9-6-0||+2||8-7|
|CAM WARD (Road Games)||11||9||307||281||91.5%||2||6-3||+3.4||6-3-0||+3||4-5|
|CAM WARD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||106||100||94.3%||1||3-1||+2.2||3-1-0||+2||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||9-8-0||+0.2||9-8||+0.2||7-8||2.9||29.5||2.9||34.1|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.2||3-2||+1.2||1-2||3.2||25.8||2.8||33.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||34||102||30||39||31||2||2||930||11.0%||120||22||18.3%||174|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||17||50||15||17||18||0||1||501||10.0%||62||9||14.5%||87|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||4||8||4||0||0||129||12.4%||14||4||28.6%||30|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||97||20||33||40||4||8||1093||8.9%||104||15||14.4%||162|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||49||11||15||21||2||4||579||8.5%||46||5||10.9%||78|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||2||3||7||2||2||168||8.3%||12||1||8.3%||22|
|JAMES REIMER (All Games)||20||18||583||535||91.8%||0||11-7||+5.8||11-7-0||+6||11-5|
|JAMES REIMER (Home Games)||11||9||298||275||92.3%||0||6-3||+3.1||6-3-0||+3||4-3|
|JAMES REIMER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||126||116||92.1%||0||2-2||+0.1||2-2-0||0||1-1|
|JUSSI RYNNAS (All Games)||1||0||6||6||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BEN SCRIVENS (All Games)||18||16||500||459||91.8%||1||7-9||-2.1||7-9-0||-2||5-9|
|BEN SCRIVENS (Home Games)||9||8||279||257||92.1%||1||3-5||-2.8||3-5-0||-2||3-5|
|BEN SCRIVENS (Last 4 Games)||4||3||101||92||91.1%||0||1-2||-1.4||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: CAROLINA 2.96, TORONTO 3.16|
|3/2/2013||FLORIDA||6-2||W||0, -160||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/3/2013||at FLORIDA||3-2||W||0, -145||W||5.5 ev||U|
|3/5/2013||BUFFALO||4-3||W||0, -135||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/7/2013||MONTREAL||2-4||L||0, -105||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/9/2013||NEW JERSEY||6-3||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/12/2013||at WASHINGTON||4-0||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/14/2013||WASHINGTON||2-3||L||0, -165||L||5.5 ov||U|
|3/16/2013||at TAMPA BAY||1-4||L||0, -110||L||6 un||U|
|3/18/2013||at NY RANGERS||1-2||L||0, +135||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/19/2013||FLORIDA||1-4||L||0, -180||L||5.5 ev||U|
|3/21/2013||NEW JERSEY||1-4||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||P|
|3/26/2013||WINNIPEG||1-4||L||0, -135||L||6 un||U|
|3/28/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|3/30/2013||at WINNIPEG|| |
|4/1/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|4/4/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|4/6/2013||NY RANGERS|| |
|4/8/2013||at BOSTON|| |
|3/4/2013||NEW JERSEY||4-2||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||O|
|3/6/2013||OTTAWA||5-4||W||0, -145||W||5 ov||O|
|3/7/2013||at BOSTON||2-4||L||0, +175||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/9/2013||PITTSBURGH||4-5||L||0, +120||L||6 un||O|
|3/12/2013||at WINNIPEG||2-5||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/14/2013||PITTSBURGH||1-3||L||0, +120||L||6 ov||U|
|3/16/2013||WINNIPEG||4-5||L||0, -140||L||5.5 ev||O|
|3/20/2013||TAMPA BAY||4-2||W||0, -145||W||6 ev||P|
|3/21/2013||at BUFFALO||4-5||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/23/2013||BOSTON||3-2||W||0, +125||W||5 ov||P|
|3/25/2013||at BOSTON||2-3||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/26/2013||FLORIDA||3-2||W||0, -160||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/30/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
|4/6/2013||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|4/8/2013||NY RANGERS|| |
LAST SEASON: 33-33-16, 82 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 12th in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Kirk Muller, 2nd season overall and with Hurricanes, 25-20-12.
ADDED: C Jordan Staal, LW Alexander Semin, RW Kevin Westgarth, D Joe Corvo, G Dan Ellis.
LOST: C Brandon Sutter, D Bryan Allen, D Derek Joslin, D Jaroslav Spacek, G Brian Boucher, RW Anthony Stewart.
PLAYER TO WATCH: C Eric Staal. The team captain and face of the franchise blossomed after Muller took over two months into last season, with 19 goals and 40 assists in the final 57 games. With his younger brother on the team and veteran Semin on his line, Staal should have enough pieces around him to carry the team to the playoffs.
OUTLOOK: The Hurricanes have made the playoffs just once since winning the 2006 Stanley Cup, but the additions of Jordan Staal and Semin should give them enough quality offensive depth to reach the postseason - even in a tough Southeast Division.
LAST SEASON: 35-37-10, 80 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 13th in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Randy Carlyle, 2nd season with Leafs, 6-9-3; 8th overall, 279-191-64 in NHL.
ADDED: LW James van Riemsdyk, C Jay McClement.
LOST: RW Colby Armstrong, D Luke Schenn, G Jonas Gustavsson.
PLAYER TO WATCH: The focus in Toronto continues to be on the turnstile in goal, a position that's been unsettled since Curtis Joseph led the Leafs to their last playoff berth in 2004 (yes, two NHL lockouts ago). Unless the Maple Leafs do go ahead and make a push to trade for Vancouver's Roberto Luongo, they'll settle on the tandem of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens.
OUTLOOK: Unsettled as usual. The Maple Leafs couldn't even get out of the lockout without making headlines by firing GM Brian Burke last week. Toronto has more than enough offensive punch, particularly with the addition of van Riemsdyk. The question always remains whether they have enough defense and goaltending to end what's now a seven-season playoff drought.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (CAROLINA-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Hurricanes-Maple Leafs Preview* ================================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Carolina (15-14-2) at Toronto (18-12-4), 7:00 p.m. EDT
The Toronto Maple Leafs haven't enjoyed much success lately against the Carolina Hurricanes, but they look like the team to beat in this matchup.
Toronto will try to extend its season-best point streak to seven Thursday night when it hosts a Hurricanes team looking to snap a season-worst six-game losing streak.
The Maple Leafs (18-12-4) have dropped 10 of 13 in this series following a 4-1 home loss Feb. 4 and 3-1 defeat in Raleigh 10 days later.
Toronto, though, is in a good position to make the postseason for the first time since 2004 and end the league's longest drought. The Leafs sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, with the ninth-place New York Islanders seven points back and Carolina (15-14-2) eight behind them.
Toronto leading scorer Nazem Kadri has a team-best 10 points during the 3-0-3 stretch, while Joffrey Lupul has six goals in four games since returning from a broken forearm. Lupul has scored three times - twice in Tuesday's 3-2 win over league-worst Florida - after serving a two-game suspension for an illegal check against Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman.
"We just have to enjoy this while it goes," Lupul said. "I'm not expecting it to last forever, so I just have to keep doing other things on the ice right and continue to be a factor in the game."
The Maple Leafs are going for their first four-game home winning streak since a five-game run Dec. 22, 2011-Jan. 10, 2012.
The Hurricanes are 7-1-1 in their last nine visits to Toronto, but they open a three-game trip with seven goals during an 0-5-1 skid. It's their worst stretch since an 0-6-1 slide Nov. 23-Dec. 6, 2011.
"This is playoffs right now," coach Kirk Muller told the league's official website following Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Winnipeg.
Carolina is six points back of the Jets for the Southeast Division lead - with three games in hand - and hitting the road could help the Hurricanes make up some ground. They're 8-5-2 outside Raleigh.
"We have no other choice but to play with more urgency," defenseman Jay Harrison said.
Muller might not have much of a choice but to go with goaltender Justin Peters for the time being. Cam Ward hasn't played since March 3 due to a sprained knee ligament, while backup Dan Ellis was placed on injured reserve Monday with a leg laceration suffered in last Thursday's 4-1 loss to New Jersey.
Peters, who made 31 saves Tuesday, stopped 32 shots in his only game against the Maple Leafs, a 5-1 road win March 2, 2010.
It's uncertain if James Reimer will start for Toronto or if Ben Scrivens will be back in net after Tuesday's 40-save effort.
Reimer dropped his second consecutive start to Carolina on Feb. 4 and was sidelined with a strained knee ligament in the most recent matchup. Scrivens stopped 30 shots in that game as Carolina ended Toronto's season-best four-game win streak.
Hurricanes center Jeff Skinner has one goal and no assists in the last seven games, but he's assisted on five of the team's seven scores against Toronto this season.
Jordan Staal has a team-best two goals in those contests, including his first with the Hurricanes on Feb. 4.
Carolina is 5-0-1 against Toronto since a 3-1 home loss March 16, 2011.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 8:38:40 PM EST|