Preview: Florida at Toronto

When: 7:30 PM  ET, Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Matchup Edge
FLA Edge in: TOR
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Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


The Toronto Maple Leafs are in position to reach the postseason for just the second time since the 2004-05 lockout and attempt to strengthen their chances when they host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. Toronto, which is riding an eight-game point streak at home (5-0-3), enters the contest in third place in the Atlantic Division - one point ahead of Boston.

The Maple Leafs had their five-game overall point streak halted with Saturday's 5-2 setback in Buffalo, but William Nylander notched an assist to extend his franchise rookie-record point run to 11 contests. The 20-year-old forward has collected four goals and nine assists during the stretch while Auston Matthews ran his point streak to five games with his 34th goal, keeping him even with Winnipeg's Patrik Laine for the league lead among rookies. Florida's chances of reaching the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in 20 years took a major hit with Monday's 4-2 loss to Buffalo in the opener of its four-game road trip. The Panthers are seven points behind the Bruins for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with four teams between them and seven games remaining.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FSN Florida, TSN4 (Toronto)

ABOUT THE PANTHERS (33-31-11): Jonathan Marchessault scored his team-leading 29th goal Monday in his 68th game after recording eight over his first 49 NHL contests. The 26-year-old forward is riding a three-game goal-scoring streak during which he has netted six tallies. Jonathan Huberdeau notched a goal and an assist against the Sabres, giving him seven points over his last three contests.

ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (35-24-15): Goaltender Garret Sparks was recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis as a result of Frederik Andersen's upper-body injury in Saturday's loss to Buffalo. The 23-year-old Sparks made his NHL debut last season, going 6-9-1 with one shutout and a 3.02 goals-against average in 17 games. Defenseman Jake Gardiner, who has recorded a career-high 36 points this season, is one game shy of 400 in the NHL.

OVERTIME

1. The Maple Leafs also recalled 20-year-old RW Kasperi Kapanen, who appeared in nine games last season, from the Marlies.

2. Florida C Aleksander Barkov is three assists shy of 100 for his career.

3. Toronto F Leo Komarov's next point will be his 100th in the NHL.

PREDICTION: Maple Leafs 4, Panthers 1

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Florida 33-31-5-6 L1 18-17-1-2 15-14-4-4 2-2-0-0 31-29-5-6 10-10-2-3
Toronto 35-24-7-8 L1 19-10-3-4 16-14-4-4 1-0-0-1 34-24-7-7 15-8-2-1

Last Meeting

Florida Toronto
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
3/14/17 TOR 2 FLA 7 32 28 1-5 30 25 1-4

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
FLA T. Vanek 4
TOR B. Boyle 1
Goals Player  
FLA J. Marchessault 2
TOR L. Komarov 1
Assists Player  
FLA T. Vanek 4
TOR B. Boyle 1
Saves Player  
FLA J. Reimer 28
TOR C. McElhinney 20
Season
Total Points Player  
FLA V. Trocheck 52
TOR A. Matthews 61
Goals Player  
FLA J. Marchessault 29
TOR A. Matthews 34
Assists Player  
FLA K. Yandle 33
TOR M. Marner 40
Saves Player  
FLA R. Luongo 1113
TOR F. Andersen 1767

Quickchart Matchup

Florida Off vs  Toronto Def
2.53 GF
2.85 GA
32.5 Shots
32.9 Shots
41 PP
40 PK
Toronto Off vs  Florida Def
3.05 GF
2.76 GA
32.2 Shots
31.6 Shots
51 PP
33 PK

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Florida Overall Toronto
33-31-5-6 W/L 35-24-7-8
32-43 ATS 42-32
33-32 O/U 34-38
2.53 Goals For 3.05
2.76 Goals Agnst 2.85
Florida A/H Toronto
15-14-4-4 W/L 19-10-3-4
24-13 ATS 16-20
14-16 O/U 16-19
2.41 Goals For 3.11
2.68 Goals Agnst 2.67