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Toronto Maple Leafs Week in Preview: January 5-11, 2014

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After racking up six points last week and then totally embarrassing themselves last night against the New York Rangers, the Toronto Maple Leafs head into this week looking to gain back some ground. On their schedule are three teams who are below them in points but are gaining each and every game. We hope the Leafs don’t take any of these games too lightly or before you know it they will be the one’s looking up to the following teams in the standings.

First off, is the New York Islanders pay a visit to Toronto on Tuesday night. The game begins at 7 and will air on TSN.

The last time these teams met up was on November 19 in Toronto when the Leafs won 5-2. Jonathan Bernier pulled out the win with Phil Kessel netting two goals and David Clarkson also added one of his own. Even with the win, the Islanders out-shot the Leafs by a 37-24 margin.

On Thursday, the Leafs head south to take on the Carolina Hurricanes, who were just in visiting the Leafs on December 29. The Leafs pulled out the 5-2 win on that night as Bernier stole the show, making 41 saves.

The series is tied up 1-1 as the Hurricanes pulled off a win against the Leafs back on October 17. The ‘Canes are only four points back of the Leafs in the Eastern Conference standings. You can catch this game on Sportsnet Ontario at 7 p.m.

The Leafs have a rare Friday night game as they head off to the Capital of the USA and do battle with the Washington Capitals and Alexander Ovechkin. Game time  is once again 7 on LeafsTV.

These two teams, who are only separated by one point in the standings, will see if they can match the intensity of the last game they played against each other back on November 23. The Leafs pulled out a shootout win with Joffrey Lupul notching the only goal in the breakaway contest. This game also saw Clarkson score one and James Reimer picked up the win by stopping 50 shots.

Comment below on how you think the Leafs will fair this week. Can they go 3-0 or will they go the opposite way?

Tags: David Clarkson James Reimer Jonathan Bernier Phil Kessel Toronto Maple Leafs

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