Chicago (9-4-5) at Toronto (7-8-4) 7:00 p.m. EST
TORONTO (Ticker) — The Chicago Blackhawks look to extend a
perfect start to a six-game road trip on Saturday when they take
on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
After capturing a 3-2 shootout win in Phoenix on Tuesday, Kris
Versteeg led the offense with a goal and two assists as the
Blackhawks defeated the Dallas Stars, 6-3, on Thursday.
Vertseeg has goals in three straight games, but Patrick Kane and
Patrick Sharp continue to lead the NHL’s second-highest scoring
offense (3.56 gpg) with 10 goals apiece.
Kane, who ranks fifth in the league with 24 points, has five
goals and 10 assists in the last nine contests and has scored at
least a point in eight of those games.
Toronto enters the contest with two wins in its last eight
contests and has allowed 67 goals, most in the Eastern
Vesa Toskala has allowed three goals or more in six of his last
seven. The Finnish netminder let up four tallies in 28 minutes
during a 4-2 loss in Vancouver last Saturday before being
replaced by Curtis Joseph.
The Maple Leafs, who have not played since a 3-2 loss to Boston
on Monday, are led by Matt Stajan’s 17 points (5 goals, 12
Prior to the start of the game, the Maple Leafs will honor No.17
for former left wing Wendel Clark.
Clark’s ceremony is one of two the Maple Leafs have scheduled
for this season. They will also honor the No. 93 of Clark’s old
linemate, Doug Gilmour, on January 31 before a contest against
the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The respective Nos. 17 and 93 banners for Clark and Gilmour will
join those of Syl Apps, Ted Kennedy, Walter “Turk” Broda, Johnny
Bower, Tim Horton, George Armstrong, Charlie Conacher, Frank
Mahovlich, Darryl Sittler, Clarence “Hap” Day, Leonard “Red”
Kelly and Borje Salming.
Clark holds the record for the longest span between NHL All-Star
Game appearances, with 13 years (1986-1999).
The top overall pick in 1985, Clark had 330 goals and 234
assists in 793 games over his 14-year career with the Maple
Leafs, Nordiques, and Blackhawks.