New York Islanders at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00pm ET
Air Canada Centre — Toronto, ON — MSG+2
The Islanders head to Toronto tonight for the first game in a five-game trip that will finish off the regular season for them. The Leafs are the only team on this trip that are playoff bound, although Saturday’s opponent (Winnipeg) is in ninth and a threat as well. According to Sports Club Stats, if the Islanders win in OT or regulation, they’ll up their playoff chances to 93%. They’ll also pull to with in two or three points of fifth place Toronto with a win, a giving them a chance to potentially move up even higher in the standings.
Toronto is one of the hottest teams in the league other than the Islanders, having a 7-2-1 record in their last ten. While they are coming off a bad, 5-1 loss in Washington Tuesday night it may just be a blip on the radar; that game was the second night of a back-to-back and backup Ben Scrivens was in net. Tonight, the Maple Leafs will start James Reimer, who is one of the best goalies in the East this season. His .925 save percentage is good for fourth in the conference.
For the Islanders, Evgeni Nabokov will be in net because the sun rose today. Matt Carkner will switch back in for Radek Martinek. With Josh Bailey and Casey Cizikas banged up, the fowards will again be a game time decision. Arthur Staple reports that both Cizikas and Bailey skated with the team this morning. He also talked to both players this morning and they both said they are ready to go, so we’ll probably see them in the lineup. The Maple Leafs do have a couple of tough guys on the roster, so I wouldn’t count out the possibility of Eric Boulton getting back in the lineup for the first time since March 28th.