National Hockey League
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Toronto at Edmonton
When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, February 11, 2016
Where: Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta

Having shaken up their roster with a blockbuster nine-player deal in which they parted ways with captain Dion Phaneuf, the Toronto Maple Leafs continue their five-game road trip against the skidding Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. Toronto has been outscored 10-4 in the first two games of its trek following Tuesday's 4-3 loss at Calgary.

Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner said Tuesday's trade made it "pretty emotional" for the team. "(Phaneuf) was one of our really good friends and obviously our leader on our team," Gardiner said. "Obviously, it was tough all day long and we just tried to refocus for the game." The Oilers faced emotions of another sort, dropping a 2-1 decision at New Jersey on a night when the Devils retired the jersey of goaltender Martin Brodeur. Outscored 15-3 during a three-game skid, Edmonton will play the first of six straight at home against Toronto.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, TSN4 (Toronto), Sportsnet West (Edmonton)

ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (19-24-9): Toronto already was short on manpower with Tyle Bozak, Joffrey Lupul and Shawn Matthias not joining the team for the three games in Western Canada, but defenseman Jared Cowen and Colin Greening could be in the lineup after being acquired from Ottawa. “This is what I wanted. I wanted to be somewhere else," Cowen said. "There’s a good coaching staff, I know they’re going to win here eventually." Jonathan Bernier, who is winless in his last four appearances, will get the start against Edmonton.

ABOUT THE OILERS (21-29-5): The return of rookie Connor McDavid from a two-month injury absence temporarily ignited Edmonton, which scored 12 goals in his first two games before being held to one tally in each of the last three contests. The No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft has recorded seven points in five games since returning while Benoit Pouliot registered a pair of goals and six points during that same span. Backup netminder Anders Nilsson, who yielded at least three goals in eight of his last 10 appearances, was assigned to Bakersfield of the American Hockey League.

OVERTIME

1. Bernier is 3-1-0 with a 3.17 goals-against average versus Edmonton.

2. Oilers G Cam Talbot is 3-1-0 with a 2.46 GAA in four contests against Toronto.

3. The Maple Leafs have won only once in regulation over their last 14 games.

PREDICTION: Oilers 4, Maple Leafs 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Toronto 19-24-4-5 L2 8-8-4-3 11-16-0-2 0-1-0-0 19-23-4-5 1-8-2-4
Edmonton 21-29-4-1 L3 14-10-1-0 7-19-3-1 1-2-0-0 20-27-4-1 6-7-2-1
Last Meeting
Toronto Edmonton
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
11/30/15 EDM 0 TOR 3 26 24 1-3 24 23 0-3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Toronto J. Van Riemsdyk 3
Edmonton E. Bear 0
Goals Player  
Toronto L. Komarov 2
Edmonton E. Bear 0
Assists Player  
Toronto J. Van Riemsdyk 3
Edmonton E. Bear 0
Saves Player  
Toronto G. Sparks 24
Edmonton A. Nilsson 23
Season
Total Points Player  
Toronto L. Komarov 33
Edmonton T. Hall 51
Goals Player  
Toronto L. Komarov 17
Edmonton T. Hall 19
Assists Player  
Toronto T. Bozak 21
Edmonton T. Hall 32
Saves Player  
Toronto J. Reimer 848
Edmonton C. Talbot 963
Quickchart Matchup
Toronto Off vs  Edmonton Def
2.31 GF
3.02 GA
31.1 Shots
31.3 Shots
25 PP
35 PK
Edmonton Off vs  Toronto Def
2.42 GF
2.77 GA
28.7 Shots
31.2 Shots
29 PP
33 PK