Toronto hosts Carolina following shutout win
Carolina Hurricanes (41-13-5, first in the Metropolitan) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (38-17-5, third in the Atlantic)
Toronto; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Toronto hosts the Carolina Hurricanes after the Maple Leafs shut out Dallas 4-0. Erik Kallgren earned the victory in the net for Toronto after recording 35 saves.
The Maple Leafs are 20-9-2 in conference matchups. Toronto leads the Eastern Conference with 47 power-play goals, led by John Tavares with seven.
The Hurricanes are 11-6-0 against opponents from the Metropolitan. Carolina has scored 197 goals and is eighth in the league averaging 3.3 goals per game. Sebastian Aho leads the team with 27.
In their last meeting on Feb. 7, Toronto won 4-3. Mitch Marner scored a team-high two goals for the Maple Leafs in the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Morgan Rielly leads the Maple Leafs with 42 assists and has 48 points this season. Marner has six goals and 12 assists over the last 10 games for Toronto.
Aho leads the Hurricanes with 27 goals and has 61 points. Teuvo Teravainen has four goals and four assists over the last 10 games for Carolina.
LAST 10 GAMES: Maple Leafs: 6-3-1, averaging 4.4 goals, 7.8 assists, 3.6 penalties and 9.1 penalty minutes while giving up 3.8 goals per game with an .879 save percentage.
Hurricanes: 7-2-1, averaging 2.6 goals, 4.3 assists, 3.8 penalties and 8.4 penalty minutes while allowing 1.9 goals per game with a .937 save percentage.
INJURIES: Maple Leafs: Rasmus Sandin: day to day (illness), Jack Campbell: out (rib).
Hurricanes: Seth Jarvis: day to day (hip), Brendan Smith: out (upper-body), Tony DeAngelo: out (midsection).