College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost three straight games and are hoping a visit from the only team below them in the Eastern Conference, the Carolina Hurricanes, will put an end to their losing ways. It’s the third meeting in the battle for Conference futility, but the first at the ACC. Toronto took game one 3-2 while the Hurricanes came back from a two goal deficit in the third to steal a 6-5 overtime win. Although the Canes occupy the last spot in the East, lately they’ve been playing better hockey. They’ve won four out of their last six games and have beaten teams like Washington and Ottawa. Goaltender Cam Ward is finally getting back to playing his style of hockey. Ward suffered a deep gash back on November 7 and its taken some time for him to find his form. Over his last five games he’s only allowed five goals. The Leafs on the other hand have been struggling. Their forwards are having a hard time scoring. The defence has looked lost and have done a great job of blocking their goaltender, leading to making uncontested goals. Oh yeah, coach Ron Wilson publicly called out his best player (no goals in 11 games Phil Kessel). Is there any silver lining for the blue and white? Well the guy many people wanted to trade, Tomas Kaberle, has four points in four games and continues to lead the team in points. Kaberle’s 39 points are third best in the league for defensemen.