Date: Tuesday October 15, 2013
Puck Drop: 7:00pm
TV Channel: Sportsnet Ontario
The Toronto Maple Leafs continue their Western Conference Reunion Week by welcoming the Minnesota Wild back to Toronto as the 3-1-2 Wild look to cool off the red-hot Leafs.
The Wild head into Tuesday night allowing the fewest shots against per game in the NHL at a lowly 21.4, which has allowed them to be a positive possession team thus far in the season. The Maple Leafs on the other hand are giving up a gaudy 34 shots per game but have survived thanks to some great goaltending on the part of Jonathan Bernier early in the season.
With starter Nik Backstrom sidelined with a lower body injury, the Wild still managed a 2-1 victory in Buffalo Monday night, with Josh Harding starting in-goal. The team called up goalie Darcy Kuemper from their AHL affiliate and Wild, and it is possible that he will get the nod over Harding in the back-end of the back-to-back on Tuesday night in Toronto.
Randy Carlyle hopes that the Leafs can get back to being the tight checking team that he prefers after the track meet that was Saturday night’s 6-5 overtime victory over the Edmonton Oilers. While it’s tough to complain about much when your team is 5-1, Carlyle is fully aware that his team has stolen some victories despite sloppy play and will need to be better if they want to continue to win.
The Leafs keep their early season magic going and despite being heavily outshot manage to pull out a victory thanks to timely goaltending and superb special teams. 2-1 Leafs.