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Islanders vs. Maple Leafs Preview/Game Thread: Wild card battles

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Jockeying for Wild Card positioning for the second time in eight days.

Toronto Maple Leafs v New York Islanders
Gettin’ the puck.
Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

The New York Islanders are in Toronto tonight, where the Maple Leafs hold on to the final Eastern Conference wild card spot by virtue of one more overtime/shootout loss.

Both teams have played 54 games. Both teams have 25 wins. Both teams have 24 regulation or overtime wins. Only one team will ever employ John Tavares.

What’s changed since the Islanders’ wildly entertaining 6-5 overtime win last week? Here’s Elliotte Friedman in his 30 Thoughts column:

The Maple Leafs host the Islanders on Tuesday night, eight days after losing to them 6-5 in overtime. In the aftermath of that one, Toronto’s defencemen were told their box-outs “were weak.” We’ll see how much they’ve learned.

Yes, we’ll see.

As for the lineups, Shane Prince has an upper body injury, so Alan Quine returns to the lineup after a one-game scratch. Thomas Greiss starts in goal.

Game Details

This is a 7:30 p.m. EST start, televised on MSG+. For radio, it’s AM970 - The Answer, 88.7FM - WRHU, or 103.9FM - LI News.

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