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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 PM MST6:00 PM EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET20:00 BRT, October 15, 2019
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 19,149

Wild head to Toronto after earning 1st win

Minnesota Wild at Toronto Maple Leafs

  1. After splitting two games with the Maple Leafs last season, the Wild improved to 9-2-0 in their last 11 meetings in the series. Minnesota is 4-1-0 in its last five trips to Toronto, killing all 12 Leaf power plays.
  2. The Leafs are coming off a 5-2 win at Detroit on Saturday for their 47th game since the start of last season with at least four goals -- only the Lightning have more with 52. Since the start of last season, Toronto is 42-1-4 (.936) when scoring at least four goals but has the league's second-worst record when scoring three or less, going 7-29-5 (.232).
  3. Auston Matthews didn't have a point Saturday, making it just the fourth time since the start of last season the Leafs had at least five goals in a victory and Matthews didn't have a point. There have been 20 games over that same span in which Toronto scored at least five in a win and Matthews had a point.
  4. The Maple Leafs are back in Toronto for the first time since Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Lightning. The Leafs have allowed 18 goals through four home games, their most after four games at home since also permitting 18 in 1997-98.
  5. The Wild ended a season-opening four-game losing streak with a 2-0 win at Ottawa on Monday with backup Alex Stalock stopping 26 shots to earn the shutout. Devan Dubnyk will start this one despite having allowed 16 goals, the most ever by a Wild goalie after four starts to a season.
  6. This marks the Wild's first back-to-back of the season. In 2018-19, Minnesota was tied with Vancouver for the league's third-worst record in the second half of back-to-backs on the road, going 3-6-0 (.333).

The Minnesota Wild visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night after earning that elusive first victory of the season Monday afternoon.

The Wild defeated the host Ottawa Senators 2-0 after losing their first four games and will face a Maple Leafs team that has struggled at home but was buoyed by a 5-2 road win Saturday night against the Detroit Red Wings.

Toronto has won both road games this season while winning once in four home games.

The Wild's win in Ottawa was hardly a work of art. "I think at this stage, we don't care," said Wild left winger Zach Parise who scored an empty-net goal. "To get into that win column for us was the ultimate goal today. No matter how it happened, one way or another, we had to get there and we did."

Center Victor Rask scored the first goal at 9:23 of the third period and Alex Stalock stopped 26 shots. Wild coach Bruce Boudreau refused to commit to Stalock starting in Toronto.

"I think those are the kind of games we're going to have to win," Boudreau said. "Like 6-5 is probably not in our repertoire, but 2-1, 3-1, if we can do that a lot, you'll be a successful team."

Devan Dubnyk is scheduled to start Tuesday. Boudreau indicated right winger Gerry Mayhew could make his NHL debut against the Maple Leafs.

Mayhew was leading the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League with six points -- three goals and three assists -- this season. He had 27 goals and 33 assists with Iowa last season.

After losing 7-3 at home to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, the Maple Leafs had a meeting Friday morning.

"We talked a lot about that - how hard can we work?" Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said after the game Saturday. "We thought our work ethic was really good in camp, really good at the start, liked it all the way through. We didn't like it last game (Thursday) but, to me, that's got to be our calling card. If we go to work, our talent will show and you've got to outwork the other team."

The Maple Leafs' fourth line had a big night Saturday. Nicholas Shore scored a goal, Dmytro Timashov had two assists and Frederik Gauthier was 7-for-7 on faceoffs, five in the defensive zone.

"Well, they were good," Babcock said. "I started (Gauthier) and Shore -- whatever line you want to call it -- in the D-zone every time and they seemed to win the draw and play in the offensive zone, so that was a good line for us."

Gauthier, Shore and Timashov were on the ice for more defensive zone faceoffs than any other Toronto line Saturday.

The Maple Leafs sent rookie defenseman Rasmus Sandin to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL Monday so he could continue his development. They recalled veteran Kevin Gravel.

"We can't get (Sandin) on the power play in front of the guys we got, can't get on the penalty kill," Babcock said. "So, in the end, a real good night (is only) 14 minutes."

--Field Level Media

Updated October 14, 2019

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