John Tavares brokes #Isles fans hearts when he left for Toronto in July. Thursday he’ll face those fans on LI for the first time. It won’t be a warm reception. Watch #DearJohn today on @News12. @eyesonislesFS @Offside_Tavern @Section_329 @IslesGirl3 @islesfanrico @gothambatman14 pic.twitter.com/8mzvxzaDw9— Kevin Maher (@KMaherNews12) February 26, 2019
Barry Trotz says John Tavares earned the right to go home to Toronto. His message for #isles fans? "Just be respectful, cheer us on and let's have a good hockey game here tonight."— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 28, 2019
Beyond the surface theatrics, this matchup could provide playoff ramifications. The Islanders sit at the top of the NHL's Metropolitan Division, with 79 points. Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs are currently third in the Atlantic Division with 82 points.