Duels to watch: Two hot teams go head-to-head in Toronto


Five games are scheduled on the regular NHL schedule for Wednesday, January 25. Here are the elements of these matches that will hold our attention.

Two hot teams face off in Toronto

The Toronto Maple Leafs host the other New York team, the Rangers, at Scotiabank Arena (7 p.m. ET, TNT, SN), two days after defeating the New York Islanders.

In this gain, William Nylander scored four points (two goals, two assists) in the second period to guide the Maple Leafs (29-11-8) to a 5-2 win. Tonight, the Swedish striker needs only one point to reach the 400 career mark, he has 163 goals and 236 assists in 487 games.

Ilya Samsonov also took advantage of this duel against the Islanders to extend his streak of home games without a loss in regulation time to 14 (13-0-1). He is the fifth goaltender in Maple Leafs history to have such a streak at home. The record of 18 straight games is shared by Harry Lumley (1953-54) and George Hainsworth (1933-34).

the attacker Auston Matthews has collected at least one point in his last 10 outings for a total of eight goals and five assists.

The Rangers (26-14-7) are going 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. On Monday, they easily beat the Florida Panthers 6-2, while Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin and adam fox led the way with three points each.

the attacker Chris Kreider needs a goal to reach the 20-goal milestone for the eighth time in his career. Only five players in franchise history have signed eight or more 20-goal campaigns: Rod Gilbert (12), Jean Ratelle (nine), Adam Graves (eight), Andy Bathgate (eight) and Camille Henry (eight).

Confrontation between two contenders for the Stanley Cup

Two section leaders will face off when the Carolina Hurricanes visit the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center (8:30 p.m. ET; BSSW, BSSO, ESPN+, SN NOW).

The Hurricanes (29-9-8) sit atop the Metropolitan Division and are looking for a point in their sixth straight game (4-0-1). The challenge will be great against the Stars (28-13-8) – first in the Central Division – who have shut out their opponents in three of their last five games.

However, the duel should be focused on the offensive with the Andrei Svechnikov, Sebastian Aho and Brent Burns on one side, and Jason Robertson, Joe Pavelsky and Tyler Seguin the other. In the previous meeting between the two teams, on December 17, Carolina had the upper hand 5-4 in overtime. the attacker Martin Necas then settled the debate.

Video: DAL@CAR: Svechnikov and Necas unite in overtime

Aho has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his last seven games. Robertson has scored in each of his last four games (three goals, two assists) and has 20 multi-point games this season.

Oilers aim for seventh straight win

The Edmonton Oilers will be looking for a seventh straight win when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Rogers Place (9:30 p.m. ET; TNT, SN360, SNW, TVAS).

It’s a timely streak for the Oilers (27-18-3), who grabbed the No. 4 spot in the Western Conference. Prior to this winning streak, they had suffered four defeats in five games.

Connor McDavid is once again at the heart of Edmonton’s success, having amassed at least one point in its last 10 games (eight goals, eight assists). His threesome companion Zach Hyman has hit the target in the last three games and has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his last five games. Hyman was voted the NHL’s first star for the week ending Jan. 22.

The Blue Jackets (14-30-3) have lost four of their last five meetings, including the most recent in Calgary, 4-3 in overtime against the Flames. This meeting marked the return to the Scotiabank Saddledome of Johnny Gaudreau, who had two assists in the loss. The latter has amassed five points (one goal, four assists) in his last five games.

On schedule today…

New York Islanders at Ottawa Senators (7 p.m. ET; SN1, TVAS, MSGSN; ESPN+, SN NOW)
New York Rangers at Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m. ET; TNT, SN)
Carolina Hurricanes at Dallas Stars (8:30 p.m. ET; BSSW, BSSO, ESPN+, SN NOW)
Columbus Blue Jackets at Edmonton Oilers (9:30 p.m. ET; TNT, SN360, SNW, TVAS)
Vancouver Canucks at Seattle Kraken (10 p.m. ET; ROOT-NW, SNP, ESPN+, SN NOW)



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