GDT: Leafs at Islanders (7 p.m., TSN)

GDT: Leafs at Islanders (7 p.m., TSN)

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Ron Wilson will stick with the same lineup (edit: Liles out, Gardiner in) that defeated Buffalo at home yesterday as the Leafs try to enter their short Christmas break on a two-game win streak tonight on Long Island.

That means Reimer, who has been making up for lost time in stopping 80 of 84 shots faced over his last two games, gets both games of the back to back. Evgeni Nabokov will start in net for the Isles. Nabokov is 2-6 on the season despite some decent individual numbers (2.69 GAA, .914 SV%).

The biggest threat the Islanders pose is their top line of John Tavares, Matt Moulson and P.A. Parenteau. All are in the high 20s in points this season, and Moulson has 16 points in his last 12 games.

Both teams played last night, so both will be facing the same test of their energy and focus levels with the Xmas break coming up. The message for the Leafs will be one of no excuses; play like the superior team they are, be weary of their top line threat, take advantage of the Isles’ weaknesses defensively, and enter the break feeling good at 18-13-4.

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]