Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Minnesota Wild Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 25th 2022

Stadium: Xcel Energy Center Saint Paul
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After helping to stop one streak, Mitchell Marner will try to extend his own on Friday afternoon when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Minnesota Wild at St. Paul, Minn.

Marner stretched his point streak to a career-best 14 games (three goals, 16 assists) on Wednesday with an assist as the Maple Leafs opened a four-game road trip with a 2-1 road victory over the New Jersey Devils.

Toronto snapped New Jersey's 13-game winning streak and avenged a 3-2 overtime loss to the Devils on Nov. 17.

The Wild, meanwhile, have won two of their first three games of a seven-game homestand following a 6-1 romp over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday.

If they are to make it three straight wins, they will need to deal with Marner. He set up captain John Tavares for his team-leading 12th goal of the season on Wednesday as the Maple Leafs played their first game without defenseman Morgan Rielly (knee).

Matt Murray stopped 34 shots, Pontus Holmberg scored his first NHL goal and defenseman Mac Hollowell played his first game in the league on Wednesday.

The conversation, however, was about the fan reaction during the third period after the Devils had a goal disallowed for the third time in the game.

Spectators littered the ice with beer cans and other debris, and the Maple Leafs left their bench during the cleanup.

"It's full beer," Marner said. "It's dangerous. We're not looking for that. We're not seeing it coming. Dodged a couple. They got really dangerous. Rasmus Sandin almost took one in the head. ... It's not like they're throwing it just for joy. They're throwing it to try and hit us. That's the first I've ever seen. It's insane."

"This is a character win for our team, given what we're going through," Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said. "On the road, against this team, with that type of push and the atmosphere in here, this was a really good day for the Leafs."

Toronto defenseman Jordie Benn sustained an upper-body injury Wednesday and will be re-evaluated. Defenseman Conor Timmins, acquired Wednesday in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes, was set to join the Maple Leafs on Thursday.

The Wild were glad to have regained their scoring touch on Wednesday.

"It was a good effort," said Marcus Foligno, who had two goals for Minnesota. "Everyone was really into it. We shot a lot of pucks. We kept it simple. We went to the net. We just played our game."

"I think it was time for us to break through," said Matt Boldy, who had a goal and two assists, "It's obviously hard to score goals. We've got to do a better job. I think (Wednesday) is a step in the right direction for sure."

Minnesota acquired rugged forward Ryan Reaves Wednesday from the New York Rangers in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick.

"We've been having trouble finding or refining our identity," Wild general manager Bill Guerin said. "I think Ryan's an identity guy for us. And the fact of the matter is that he's big. We need some size. We've had a hard time getting back to our identity, and I think he'll help."

Reaves could make his Wild debut on Friday

"He's just always full of energy," Guerin said. "He's a big personality. I think right now that's something our team really needs."

--Field Level Media

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Minnesota Wild Recap NOV 25TH 2022

Calle Jarnkrok scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs held on to defeat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 Friday afternoon at St. Paul, Minn.

Mitchell Marner also scored for Toronto to extend his points streak to 15 games.

Zach Aston-Reese and William Nylander added goals for the Maple Leafs, who have won the first two games of a four-game road trip. John Tavares added two assists. Matt Murray made 25 saves, including a superb stop in the final seconds.

Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello each had a goal and an assist for Minnesota. Matt Boldy also scored and Alex Goligoski added two assists. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots.

Marner scored his fifth goal of the season on a 57-foot shot that deflected off the Wild player at 3:42 of the first period. Timothy Liljegren and Tavares had assists.

Kaprizov registered his 12th goal on an 8-foot shot during a power play at 12:01 of the first on assists by Joel Eriksson Ek and Zuccarello. Justin Holl was off for high-sticking.

Aston-Reese scored his third goal of the season 42 seconds later on a shot from a sharp angle that went in off Fleury's ankle. Pierre Engvall got the assist.

Boldy tallied his eighth goal on a shot from the bottom of the right circle at 2:38 of the second period off Goligoski's slick saucer pass. Jordan Greenway also assisted.

Jarnkrok knocked in a loose puck after Mark Giordano's shot at 10:04 of the second for his fifth goal of the season. Tavares also assisted.

Nylander scored his 11th goal of the season from the high slot at 13:23 of the third period. Michael Bunting and Victor Mete earned assists.

The Wild removed Fleury for an extra attacker with more than four minutes left in the third.

Zuccarello scored his seventh goal of the season at 16:26 of the third on a rebound. Kaprizov and Goligoski earned assists.

There was a pregame moment of silence for Maple Leafs Hall of Fame defenseman Borje Salming, who died on Thursday.

--Field Level Media