Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders
|Date & Time||Thursday February 28, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
620 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
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The New York Islanders and their fans welcome former captain John Tavares and the Toronto Maple Leafs to town in a much anticipated show down that will surely have Islanders fans in a frenzy.
The Maple Leafs take to the road to face off against the New York Islanders in Brooklyn on Thursday night as they look for their second win in as many nights as they took down the lowly Oilers at home last night. Toronto has become one of the league’s best teams over the last couple of seasons and the addition of local superstar forward and long time Islanders captain John Tavares has put them over the edge, but it certainly left the Isles with a sour taste in their mouths and you can be sure Tavares will hear the boo birds on Tuesday night. Toronto is 8-3 in their last 11 games against the Metro division and are 4-1 in their last 5 meetings with the Islanders, but they did lose their only matchup this season at home and will be out to exact some revenge in this one. Garrett Sparks is expected to get the start as he will face off against Robin Lehner.
The Islanders and their fans have had this date circled on the calendar since the regular season schedule came out and while Tavares gave a number of quality years to the organization and is among their greatest of all time, it is seen that he abandoned the franchise and left them without anything in return. However, the Isles have been very strong in his absence and they have rebranded themselves under the tutelage of Barry Trotz and they could very well make a deep playoff run with the way they have been playing over the last month. The Isles are 7-1 in their last 8 games as a home favorite and 8-2 in their last 10 games on home ice which bodes well for them here against a Maple Leafs team who has been good on the road but is playing on short rest.
The Leafs are 5-2 in their last 7 games against the Western Conference and have hit the Under in 3 of their last 4 as a dog while the Islanders are 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games and have hit the Under in their last 6 against the Atlantic. Both teams will be up for this one as the Buds will look to have their new teammate’s back while the Isles and their fans will be out for blood. In the end, goaltending will make the difference and Lehner has the edge and so does the home team in this spot.