National Hockey League
Preview
Florida at Toronto
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario

The Toronto Maple Leafs overcame a brief hiccup in the road to return to their winning ways in their next outing. The surging Maple Leafs aim to prevent the Florida Panthers from doing the same on Tuesday as the Atlantic Division rivals meet at Air Canada Centre.

Auston Matthews scored his team-leading 27th goal with 31 seconds remaining in regulation of Toronto's 3-2 victory over Detroit on Sunday, one day after the Maple Leafs fell for just the second time in 11 outings with a 5-3 setback in Pittsburgh. "We had a good run and then instead of being off it for two or three games, we got right back on it, which I appreciate," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. While the Maple Leafs appear assured of a playoff spot, Florida worked its way back to the outer fringes of the wild-card discussion with wins in seven of eight before surrendering four goals in the third period in a 7-2 loss to Winnipeg on Sunday. "If we can find a way to get two points in Toronto, we'll get four (wins) of five (games) on this trip, and you'd take that every day," Panthers coach Bob Boughner said.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, FS Florida, Sportsnet (Toronto)

ABOUT THE PANTHERS (26-24-6): Aleksander Barkov scored on the power play versus the Jets to extend his point streak to four games (two goals, five assists) and increase his team-leading point total to 54 after recording 11 (five goals, six assists) in his past eight. "He seems like he's been in the league for a long time. He seems like he's got it figured out," Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar told NHL.com of the 22-year-old Finn, who has inserted his name as a potential Selke Trophy candidate. Fellow forwards Evgenii Dadonov and Vincent Trocheck have been solving problems on the ice as well, as the former has 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in his past 17 games while the latter has 16 (seven goals, nine assists) in his past 15.

ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (36-20-5): Nazem Kadri has 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in his last 12 games to reside one point shy of 300 for his career. The 27-year-old scored his team's lone goal in a 2-1 shootout loss to Florida on Nov. 22, giving him 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 21 career encounters versus the Panthers. Fellow forward Mitch Marner scored his sixth goal in eight games on Sunday to increase his point total to a team second-best 46, with at least one coming in eight of his last 10 contests.

OVERTIME

1. Florida C Nick Bjugstad, who has seven points (one goal, six assists) this month, scored in the second period and netted the winner in the fourth round of the shootout in the first encounter versus Toronto.

2. Maple Leafs G Frederik Andersen sports a 4-2-0 mark this month despite yielding at least three goals in six of seven outings this month.

3. Florida's Keith Yandle has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his last nine games and fellow D Mike Matheson has eight (four goals, four assists) in that same stretch.

PREDICTION: Maple Leafs 3, Panthers 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Florida 26-24-3-3 L1 13-9-1-2 13-15-2-1 0-3-0-1 26-21-3-2 8-4-0-1
Toronto 36-20-4-1 W1 19-8-2-0 17-12-2-1 1-2-0-0 35-18-4-1 9-5-0-1
Last Meeting
Florida Toronto
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
11/22/17 TOR 1 FLA 2 (SO) 43 43 0-3 44 42 0-3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Florida N. Bjugstad 1
Toronto C. Brown 1
Goals Player  
Florida N. Bjugstad 1
Toronto N. Kadri 1
Assists Player  
Florida H. Haapala 1
Toronto C. Brown 1
Saves Player  
Florida R. Luongo 43
Toronto F. Andersen 42
Season
Total Points Player  
Florida A. Barkov 59
Toronto A. Matthews 56
Goals Player  
Florida V. Trocheck 24
Toronto A. Matthews 32
Assists Player  
Florida A. Barkov 39
Toronto J. Gardiner 36
Saves Player  
Florida J. Reimer 1051
Toronto F. Andersen 1649
Quickchart Matchup
Florida Off vs  Toronto Def
2.93 GF
2.8 GA
34.5 Shots
34.1 Shots
35 PP
30 PK
Toronto Off vs  Florida Def
3.26 GF
3.25 GA
31.7 Shots
34.7 Shots
34 PP
36 PK