Tonight's only game will see the Leafs play host to Carolina. Vesa Toskala (Benson) and Cam Ward (Stuart) should be the starting goaltenders tonight for the Eastern Conference teams. The Leafs took the season series 3-1-0 against the Hurricanes, which is a small indication of how they styles of play worked between the two clubs.
There were 15 skaters taken between the two teams, but with Kyle Wellwood (John P.) and Carlo Colaiacovo (John P.) out with injuries, we won't get to see all of them. The Leafs will still be well represented with Bryan McCabe (Benson), Jason Blake (Clayton), Mats Sundin (John P.) and Tomas Kaberle (John P.) all still giving it their all tonight. It will also be interesting to see how the Leafs come out after the news of Blake's lukemia scare.
The Carolina Hurricanes also have seven players going tonight in the pool. Both Clayton and Ryan have a pair each going tonight... Clayton has Eric Staal and Frank Kaberle, while Ryan has Erik Cole and Jason Williams. If Cory Stillman (Dale C.) is to return tonight, the full compliment of drafted 'Canes will be playing, which will be a big relief to Dale, as some of his injuries start to come back.
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