The Toronto Maple Leafs haven't enjoyed much success lately against the Carolina Hurricanes, but they look like the team to beat in this matchup.
Toronto will try to extend its season-best point streak to seven Thursday night when it hosts a Hurricanes team looking to snap a season-worst six-game losing streak.
The Maple Leafs (18-12-4) have dropped 10 of 13 in this series following a 4-1 home loss Feb. 4 and 3-1 defeat in Raleigh 10 days later.
Toronto, though, is in a good position to make the postseason for the first time since 2004 and end the league's longest drought. The Leafs sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, with the ninth-place New York Islanders seven points back and Carolina (15-14-2) eight behind them.
Toronto leading scorer Nazem Kadri has a team-best 10 points during the 3-0-3 stretch, while Joffrey Lupul has six goals in four games since returning from a broken forearm. Lupul has scored three times - twice in Tuesday's 3-2 win over league-worst Florida...