Phoenix (21-21-2) at Toronto (24-16-3) 7:00 pm EST
TORONTO (Ticker) -- With four days off after their last game,
the Toronto Maple Leafs should be well rested for Saturday's
contest against the Phoenix Coyotes in the clubs only meeting
of the season.
After a six-game winning streak, Toronto has dropped two of its
last three games and is six points behind Buffalo for second
place in the Northeast Division.
Chad Kilger scored for the fourth consecutive game and Alexander
Steen added a power-play tally in the third period for the
Maple Leafs, who suffered a 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on
Tuesday, despite a 38-19 edge in shots on goal.
Leading-scorer Bryan McCabe, who has 15 goals and 34 assists, is
listed as questionable with a strained groin suffered last
Saturday against Edmonton.
Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky, a native of nearby Brantford,
Ontario, will coach his second game since the funeral of his
grandmother on Wednesday. His mother, Phyllis, died last month.
Oleg Saprykin scored early in the third period and Geoff
Sanderson added the clincher in the shootout as the Coyotes
snapped a four-game losing streak in Gretzky's return with a 2-1
triumph over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday.
Brian Boucher stopped 30-of-31 shots in a solid outing after
Phoenix allowed 21 goals during the losing streak. However,
former Maple Leaf Curtis Joseph is expected to start against his
Toronto is unbeaten in its last six encounters against Phoenix
dating to March 24, 1998.