NY Islanders at Toronto Maple Leafs Preview: Isles Look To End Leafs Streak

Mike StainkampContributor IOctober 18, 2010

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 01:  Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders skates  against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 1, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey.The Devils defeated the Islanders 4-3.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Islanders head north to Toronto and are looking to end the Leafs four-game winning streak tonight. Coming off an impressive 5-2 victory over the visiting Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night, the Isles will need to play their most complete game against the Leafs if they want to give them their first loss of the season.

Saturday night marked the return of John Tavares (concussion) and James Wisniewski (suspension) and the Isles seemed to dominate throughout the game. Tavares and Josh Bailey are returning home to play in front of some friends and family who live in Toronto, so expect them to play with more heart than usual. Milan Jurcina is coming off a two-goal game against the Avs and has looked impressive so far in the young season with his new team.

Both teams missed the playoffs last season, and have gotten off to hot starts early this season. Even though the Isles are without their two top players, Mark Streit and Kyle Okposo, they have played well and are tied atop the Atlantic Division with the Pittsburgh Penguins heading into tonight's contest.

Watch out for two players tonight. The Leafs Phil Kessel has four goals and two assists this season, and for the Islanders, Bailey enters the game with three goals and four assists in five games. As noted before, Bailey will be in front of some friends and family and will want to send them home happy with a point or two.

The Leafs and the Isles already have one thing in common early on: they both beat the Rangers this season. And for Islander fans, that is a very good thing.