The Toronto Maple Leafs look for their third consecutive victory on Saturday when visiting the Nashville Predators. Toronto is third in the Atlantic division 39-17-5 with 83 points. The Maple Leafs are one point behind second-place Tampa Bay and five points behind the first-place Florida Panthers. Toronto defeated the Hurricanes on Thursday night 3-2. Erik Kallgren stopped 35 shots in goal for the Maple Leafs to pick up his second consecutive victory.
Auston Matthews is leading Toronto in goals scored with 45 and in points with 77, while Morgan Rielly is the leader in assists with 42. In goal, Erik Kallgren is 2-0-1 with a goals-against average of 1.20, save percentage of .963 and one shutout. Toronto is scoring an average of 3.67 goals per game and allowing an average of 2.98 goals per game. Toronto’s power play scores 29.4% of the time and its penalty-kill unit is successful 84.8% of the time.
Nashville looks to bounce back from a loss when hosting Toronto on Saturday. The Predators are third in the Central Division at 35-22-4 with 74 points and tied with the Minnesota Wild. Nashville is three points behind second-placed St Louis and a distant 17 points behind the first-place Colorado Avalanche. Nashville was defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 on Thursday which snapped a two-game winning streak for the Predators.
Filip Forsberg is the leading goal scorer for Nashville with 32, while Roman Josi is the leader in assists with 55 and points with 72. In goal, Juuse Saros is 29-19-3 with a goals against average of 2.46, save percentage of .923 and three shutouts. Nashville is scoring an average of 3.21 goals per game and allowing an average of 2.79 goals per game. Nashville's power play is scoring 23.8% of the time and its penalty-kill unit is successful 80.1% of the time.