TORONTO -- The New York Islanders will be trying to avoid a repeat of their last visit to the Air Canada Centre when they play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
The Maple Leafs defeated them 5-0 on Jan. 31 and the Islanders return to the ACC needing every point possible in their desperate pursuit of a playoff spot.
The Islanders (29-26-6) are 4-6-1 since the All-Star break and are one point removed from a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference after losing 5-3 to the Minnesota Wild on Monday.
"We're going to play a hungry team with a lot on the line, who didn't have a good night here last time," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said Wednesday. "They have a lot on the line."
The Maple Leafs (37-20-5) remained third in the Eastern Conference after their 1-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday and are playing for their seeding in the playoffs. << Read more
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