A standout Eastern Conference vs Western Conference game highlights tonight’s light NHL schedule. Unfortunately, the game stands out for all the wrong reasons as the worst in the East Maple Leafs host the worst in the West Oilers.
A game against Edmonton might be exactly what the Leafs need to halt a three game losing streak as they’ve gone 12-3 in their last 15 games when playing at home vs the Oilers. Also working against the Oilers is their inability to string together wins as they’ve 0-5 in their last five games after a win and they’re coming off a win in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
The Leafs will have a fresh face in net as 22-year-old Garret Sparks will make his NHL debut. Toronto is in a real jam between the pipes with James Reimer out due to a lower-body injury and backup Jonathan Bernier just being flat out awful. Sparks is 8-2-1 with a 1.90 GAA this season in the AHL.
The teams split their two games last season, each winning at home.