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Friday, October 25th (All times Eastern)

Toronto Maple Leafs (7-3-0) at Columbus Blue Jackets (4-5-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Columbus Blue Jackets take aim at their first three- game winning streak of the season when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs in Friday's clash at Nationwide Arena.

Columbus doubled its win total for the season over the past two games, beating Vancouver and New Jersey to improve to 4-5-0 on the year. Another win tonight would give the Blue Jackets three victories in a row for the first time since closing last season's lockout-shortened campaign on a three-game winning streak.

The Blue Jackets last played on Tuesday when they downed the visiting Devils by a 4-1 score. Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski posted a goal and two assists to help his team defeat its foe from the Metropolitan Division.

Brandon Dubinsky, Cam Atkinson and Marian Gaborik supplied the other tallies for the Blue Jackets, who had lost four straight prior to the recent mini- surge.

"We played a smart systematic game. I liked the way we managed the puck and I liked how we managed our shifts," said Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards, whose club improved to 29-0-0 when leading after two periods under his leadership.

Reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 24 shots to earn his first win over New Jersey since December of 2010 while still a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. Bobrovsky has solid career numbers against Toronto, going 3-1-0 with a 2.26 goals against average in four lifetime games versus the Leafs.

Toronto snapped a two-game slide in its last trip to the ice, registering a 4-2 win Tuesday against the visiting Anaheim Ducks. Phil Kessel was the star for the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, notching his fourth career hat trick to lead Toronto past the Ducks. Dion Phaneuf had the other goal and James van Riemsdyk posted two assists for the Maple Leafs.

Jonathan Bernier stopped 23 shots in the win and could get a third straight start tonight.

"Our goaltender made some big stops and our defense played huge," Maple leafs head coach Randy Carlyle said.

Toronto forward Joffrey Lupul is questionable for Friday's game after suffering a bruised foot while blocking a shot in practice. Lupul, who is leading Toronto this season with six goals and is second on the team with 10 points, is considered day-to-day. Josh Leivo was recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL to fill in for Lupul if he's unable to go on Friday.

The Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets are facing each other for the first time since Nov. 3, 2011, a 4-1 road victory for Toronto. All told, the Maple Leafs are 6-1-2 with a tie in 10 all-time meetings against Columbus.

Columbus is playing the third part of a four-game homestand on Friday and will complete the residency Sunday against Anaheim. Toronto, meanwhile, begins a stretch of four road games in five trips to the ice tonight, but will host Pittsburgh on Saturday.

10/25 10:45:15 ET

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Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
3rd
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
Final
CLE 105
MEM 91
Final
MIA 100
BOS 84
Final
BRK 110
DET 105
Final
SAC 108
LAL 101
Final
ORL 88
PHI 96
Final
WAS 92
PHO 104
4th
MIN 87
IND 87
 
4th
OKC 97
NOP 99
 
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
Final
UGA 65
SHU 47
Final
ALA 60
APP 59
Final
KSU 53
NDST 52
 
Final
WASU 82
SJST 53
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
Final
DET 1
COL 2
Final
EDM 5
DAL 6
 
3rd
BOS 2
BUF 3
 
3rd
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
3rd
CHI 2
TOR 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
Final
MIA 37
MIN 35
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
Final
STL 27
NYG 37
Final
OAK 26
BUF 24
Final
DAL 42
IND 7
1st
ARI 0
SEA 0