The 11-15-6 New York Islanders, coming off a loss to the New York Rangers, are trailing the 17-13-4 Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 4-2 midway through the second period. The Islanders are last place in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic division with 28 points, which puts them in second to last place in the conference ahead of only the Carolina Hurricanes (26 points). The Maple Leafs are in second place in the Northeast Division with 38 points behind the Boston Bruins.
Toronto's Clarke MacArthur, Nazem Kadri and Carl Gunnarsson all scored goals for the Maple Leafs before the Islanders' Kyle Okposo scored a goal to close out the first period. The Islanders struck first in the second period when Frans Nielsen scored a goal on a power play to bring the score to 3-2 but Toronto's Joey Crabb scored a short-handed goal just before the nine-minute mark to bring the score to 4-2.
The Islanders have 19 shots on goal to the Maple Leafs' 16 and they also lead in takeaways 11-6, but the Islander also lead in penalty box minutes and are trailing in faceoffs won 17-10.