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Islanders in town for Easter Sunday showdown with the Maple Leafs

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7:30 p.m., Scotiabank Arena

TV: Sportsnet Radio: FAN 590

WHY WATCH?

The Ilyas and Islanders are the theme here, which was supposed to have been played in Belmont on the original schedule before the COVID-19 re-draw. For New York, Ilya Sorokin is ending a difficult season for the team on a good shutout roll, with 44 saves Friday in a 4-0 decision over Carey Price and the Canadiens. He has tied the franchise record of seven bagels by Chico Resch from 1975-76. Meanwhile, defenceman Ilya Lyabushkin is becoming a valuable Leafs presence with hitting and attention to detail, adding a goal on Thursday against the Capitals and Ilya Mikheyev hopes to continue his scoring spree

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

GP G A PTS +/-

Auston Matthews 69- 58 43 101 +14

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Mitch Marner 65 31 60 91 +20

John Tavares 73 26 46 72 -4

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Brock Nelson 65 34 22 56   +3

Mathew Barzal 65 14 37 51 -12

Anders Lee 68 26 17 43 -7

SPECIAL TEAMS

Power play

Toronto: 28.0% (1st)

NY Islanders: 19.1% (22nd)

Penalty kill

Toronto: 83.2% (7th)

NY Islanders: 85.1% (4th)

THREE THINGS ABOUT THE ISLANDERS

1. The Islanders were a promising 5-4 on their arduous 13-game trip that opened their season due to their arena situation. Then they dropped 11 straight, including 3-0 to the Leafs and didn’t win back-to-back again until after Christmas. New York is the ninth seed had the playoffs been expanded to one more team, but they expected better this season.

2. The Isles want more out of 2018’s top pick, big winger Oliver Wahlstrom and coach Barry Trotz sat him earlier this week. Trotz thinks his understanding of the NHL game has to catch up to his immense talent.

3. New York’s fourth line, such a pain for the opposition through the years, has been without Cal Clutterbuck as he ends the season on IR with a shoulder injury. Matt Martin and Casey Czikas are joined by Ross Johnston.


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