Toronto Maple Leafs (43-19-9, second in the Atlantic Division) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (46-16-8, first in the Metropolitan Division)
Raleigh, North Carolina; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Carolina Hurricanes after Auston Matthews scored two goals in the Maple Leafs’ 6-2 win against the Florida Panthers.
Carolina has a 24-9-2 record at home and a 46-16-8 record overall. The Hurricanes have a 19-3-6 record in games decided by one goal.
Toronto is 43-19-9 overall and 18-12-4 in road games. The Maple Leafs have scored 244 total goals (3.4 per game) to rank eighth in league play.
The matchup Saturday is the third time these teams play this season. The Maple Leafs won 3-1 in the last matchup. Matthews led the Maple Leafs with two goals.
TOP PERFORMERS: Sebastian Aho has 31 goals and 29 assists for the Hurricanes. Jesperi Kotkaniemi has three goals and seven assists over the last 10 games.
William Nylander has 36 goals and 45 assists for the Maple Leafs. Mitchell Marner has seven goals and nine assists over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Hurricanes: 6-4-0, averaging 2.6 goals, four assists, 2.8 penalties and 6.7 penalty minutes while giving up 2.5 goals per game.
Maple Leafs: 6-3-1, averaging 3.5 goals, 5.8 assists, 3.8 penalties and 9.2 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game.
INJURIES: Hurricanes: Antti Raanta: day to day (lower body), Ondrej Kase: out (concussion), Jake Gardiner: out (hip/back), Max Pacioretty: out (achilles), Andrei Svechnikov: out for season (knee).
Maple Leafs: Victor Mete: out (lower body), Nicholas Robertson: out for season (shoulder), Ryan O’Reilly: out (finger), Ilya Samsonov: day to day (personal reasons), Bobby McMann: out (knee), T.J. Brodie: day to day (undisclosed), Jake Muzzin: out for season (spine).