The Maple Leafs (23-28-4) have won just twice in their last 17 games dating back to January 2. They fell to the New York Rangers on Tuesday at the Air Canada Center. The loss prompted Leafs head coach Peter Horachek to tell reporters that his team's "give a [expletive] meter needs to be higher."
Despite Toronto's struggles, the Islanders aren't taking them lightly.
"We played them earlier in the year and they beat us," Matt Martin said following morning skate. The Leafs last trip to Nassau Coliseum they beat the Islanders 5-2 in October. "They have a lot talent and they can put the puck in the net. This is no easy task and this is going to be a tough game for us. It's one we need to have."
The Islanders have won their last two games coming into tonight and have been victorious in three of their last four contests. Cal Clutterbuck returns to lineup for the Islanders and Jaroslav Halak is in net. In his last start against the Leafs, he surrendered five goals on 23 shots.
Jonathan Bernier will start for the Maple Leafs. He is 16-6-4 this season, with a 2.76 goals against average and a .914 save percentage.
Anders Lee-John Tavares-Josh Bailey
Mikhail Grabovski-Frans Nielsen
Cal Clutterbuck-Brock Nelson-Nikolay Kulemin
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Colin McDonald
Nick Leddy-Johnny Boychuk
Brian Strait-Travis Hamonic
Thomas Hickey-Lubomir Visnovsky
James van Riemsdyk-Tyler Bozak-Phil Kessel
Leo Komarov-Peter Holland-David Clarkson
Daniel Winnik-Nazem Kadri-Mike Santorelli
David Booth-Trevor Smith-Richard Panik
Morgan Rielly-Roman Polak
Korbinian Holzer-Stephane Robidas
Jake Gardiner-Cody Franson