NHL

Tue, Jan 7, 2014 - 7:00 PM ET
Game Preview
 

Islanders-Maple Leafs Preview

Share This Story

   
 

Coach Randy Carlyle called the Toronto Maple Leafs' latest performance "unacceptable," and the fans certainly shared that sentiment.

Facing the red-hot John Tavares and the New York Islanders may not make things any better.

The Maple Leafs will try to rebound from one of their worst efforts of the season Tuesday night as they attempt to slow down Tavares and the visiting Islanders.

Toronto (21-17-5) was putting together a strong stretch, winning three straight games after taking the Winter Classic 3-2 over Detroit on New Year's Day.

Three days later it was being booed throughout a 7-1 home loss to the New York Rangers.

"My message was it was unacceptable to play and to feel that we were not embarrassed by what our performance was," Carlyle said. "And I stressed we."

Carlyle was also wary of a letdown coming out of the Winter Classic.

"As I stated right after that, we wanted to make sure we didn't come up with a flat performance; and we did," he said. "Now's the time to regroup, re-energize our group, reinforce some of the things that we know we can improve on and to get ourselves ready to face the New York Islanders."

The Maple Leafs beat New York 5-2 in Toronto on Nov. 19, starting the Islanders' 10-game losing streak, but New York has won five of its last seven games with Tavares leading the way.

The Toronto-area native has 13 points (seven goals) over his past six games, with a career high-tying five of those coming Monday as he notched a hat trick in a 7-3 win over Dallas.

"A lot of people dream of those nights," coach Jack Capuano said. "Any time (Tavares) has a night like that, it's nice to win the hockey game."

Tavares didn't get a point at Toronto in November, but he has five goals and seven assists in nine career visits.

The Islanders are also getting some strong production from Thomas Vanek, who has five goals and nine assists during a nine-game point streak.

The win over Dallas wasn't solely positive for New York. The team put Evgeni Nabokov on injured reserve after its top netminder left 13 minutes into the first period with a lower-body injury.

Nabokov, who was replaced by Kevin Poulin, missed 11 games earlier this season with a groin injury. The Islanders recalled Anders Nilsson from Bridgeport of the AHL after Monday's game.

While Poulin figures to get the call for New York, it's unclear if the Maple Leafs will have Jonathan Bernier or James Reimer in net.

Bernier gave up five goals on 32 shots before being pulled in the second period Saturday. He had a 1.80 goals-against average while going 3-0-2 in his previous five games.

Reimer stopped 16 of 18 shots after replacing Bernier. He hasn't started since surrendering three goals on 12 shots before being yanked after the opening period of a 5-4 shootout loss to Detroit on Dec. 21.

Reimer has a 4.53 GAA over his last three home meetings with the Islanders, while Bernier made 35 saves Nov. 19.

Toronto may be without David Clarkson (foot) and Carl Gunnarsson (upper-body), both of whom were hurt Saturday.

Gunnarsson's potential absence could lead to Tim Gleason's team debut after he was a healthy scratch against the Rangers. The veteran defenseman was acquired from Carolina last week in exchange for John-Michael Liles.

Tagged: Islanders, Maple Leafs, Tim Gleason, Jonathan Bernier, Carl Gunnarsson, John Tavares, James Reimer

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



Play Hockey Simulation Game on WhatIfSports

NHL Videos

Toews, Kane: Easy decision to resign with Blackhawks Posted: Jul 17, 2014
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane say their decision to sign matching 8-year, $84M...

LA mayor 'F-bombs' Kings rally Posted: Jun 17, 2014
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti toasts the Stanley Cup champion Kings in front o...

Kings, fans celebrate Stanley Cup Posted: Jun 16, 2014
Kings players celebrate winning the Stanley Cup with a parade through downtown L...

More Than Sports on MSN

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Reebok Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins Premier Hockey Jersey - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Pittsburgh_Penguins/browse/featuredproduct/175178/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_175000/FF_175178_xl.jpg&w=100 159.95 Reebok Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins Premier Hockey Jersey - Black
    Reebok Dallas Stars White Premier Hockey Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Dallas_Stars/browse/featuredproduct/243363/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_243000/FF_243363_xl.jpg&w=100 124.95 Reebok Dallas Stars White Premier Hockey Jersey
    Reebok Tampa Bay Lightning Primary Logo T-Shirt - Royal Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Tampa_Bay_Lightning/browse/featuredproduct/301017/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_301000/ff_301017_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 Reebok Tampa Bay Lightning Primary Logo T-Shirt - Royal Blue
    Majestic Anaheim Ducks Black Official Logo Full Zip Hoodie Sweatshirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Anaheim_Ducks/browse/featuredproduct/398322/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_398000/FF_398322_xl.jpg&w=100 43.99 Majestic Anaheim Ducks Black Official Logo Full Zip Hoodie Sweatshirt
    Detroit Red Wings Youth Black Southpaw Backpack http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Detroit_Red_Wings/browse/featuredproduct/403205/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_403000/FF_403205_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Detroit Red Wings Youth Black Southpaw Backpack
    Reebok Chicago Blackhawks #88 Patrick Kane Red Premier Hockey Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Chicago_Blackhawks/browse/featuredproduct/408123/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_408000/FF_408123_xl.jpg&w=100 159.95 Reebok Chicago Blackhawks #88 Patrick Kane Red Premier Hockey Jersey
    Majestic New Jersey Devils Red Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_Jersey_Devils/browse/featuredproduct/456774/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_456000/ff_456774_xl.jpg&w=100 47.99 Majestic New Jersey Devils Red Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt
    Vancouver Canucks 2011 NHL Western Conference Champions Hockey Stick http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Vancouver_Canucks/browse/featuredproduct/665779/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_665000/ff_665779_xl.jpg&w=100 11.95 Vancouver Canucks 2011 NHL Western Conference Champions Hockey Stick
    Majestic New York Islanders Royal Blue Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_York_Islanders/browse/featuredproduct/752594/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_752000/ff_752594_xl.jpg&w=100 47.99 Majestic New York Islanders Royal Blue Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt