Preview: Oilers at Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs began to turn around their season with one decisive performance against the Edmonton Oilers last month, igniting a stretch of nine wins during an impressive 10-game point streak. The Maple Leafs aim to continue their strong play on Monday when they bid for a season sweep of the Oilers in Toronto.
Mitch Marner scored a power-play goal late in the third period in the Maple Leafs' 4-1 victory over Edmonton on Dec. 14 and enters Monday's tilt on a four-game point streak (one goal, four assists). The 22-year-old recorded his 11th multi-point performance of the season after setting up a pair of goals in Saturday's 3-0 win over the New York Islanders, boosting his team-leading total in assists to 29 - with 21 coming on home ice. Edmonton also has reversed course following a tough stretch (2-7-1), securing at least a point in its third consecutive contest (2-0-1) following Saturday afternoon's 4-1 victory in Boston. "We've got to keep playing the way we have to see if we can get the same results," Oilers coach Dave Tippett said of facing Toronto in the third contest of a five-game road trip.
TIME: 7 p.m. ET. TV: NBC Sports Network, TVA, TSN4, Sportsnet West
ABOUT THE OILERS (22-17-5): Leon Draisaitl pulled even with teammate Connor McDavid with an NHL-best 65 points after collecting a goal and an assist versus the Bruins, giving him 17 points in his last 16 games. One of his nine assists in that stretch came at expense of Toronto, as he set up Alex Chiasson's power-play goal in the third period. McDavid was held off the scoresheet in that encounter, however the 22-year-old Ontario native had 11 points (four goals, seven assists) over the seven previous meetings with the Maple Leafs.
ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (24-14-5): Pierre Engvall tallied in his second consecutive contest and third in four games on Saturday after converting a nifty feed from Kasperi Kapanen to open the scoring with 6:35 remaining in the second period. The 23-year-old Engvall has accumulated seven points in his last 10 games, a stretch that began with a pair of assists in the first encounter with the Oilers. Auston Matthews was held off the scoresheet in the first meeting with Edmonton before erupting for 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in his last nine contests, with eight (four goals, four assists) coming during his current four-game point streak.
1. Edmonton C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last six games.
2. Toronto F Zach Hyman has 13 points (eight goals, five assists) over his last 14 contests, including an assist in the first encounter with the Oilers.
3. The Maple Leafs sport an 11-5-0 record versus Western Conference teams, including six wins in eight games against Pacific Division foes.
PREDICTION: Maple Leafs 4, Oilers 3