Game Preview – Game 59: Your New Jersey Devils vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
New Jersey Devils (34-20-4, 72 points) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (29-24-6, 64 points)
7:00 PM EST
Radio: WFAN 660 AM
Tonight marks the third match-up between the Devils and Maple Leafs. Both teams have gotten a win, both wins have come on the road, with the Devils coming away victorious in their last meeting, 3-2 in overtime back on December 6th at the Air Canada Centre.
Devils Need to Stand Ground:
For a team that finished near the bottom of the standings last season and had many wondering if they would make the playoffs this season, the Devils have answered the nay-sayers thus far. With their win against the Canadiens on Sunday afternoon, New Jersey now stands at 4th place in the Eastern Conference, and are now tied in points with 2nd place Boston. They are 8-1-1 since the All-Star Break, and the push to the playoffs is looking bright Devils fans!
Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk are becoming a duo that is hard to reckon with. The Captain has been leading the way, scoring 7 goals and 5 assists in his last 12 games, while Kovalchuk has 6 goals and 12 assists since the All-Star Break. And how can anyone forget the play of Martin Brodeur? The future hall of famer has also answered doubters who thought his storied career might be coming to an end. Brodeur is 9-3-1 in his last 13 starts, with a 1.75 GAA and a .929 SV%.
Projected Devils Lineup:
Parise (C) – Henrique – Kovalchuk (A)
Sykora – Elias (A) – Clarkson
Ponikarovsky – Zubrus – Bernier
Boulton – Josefson – Palmieri
Taormina – Foster
The Latest on the Toronto Maple Leafs:
After starting the post All-Star break with a 5-0-1 record, the Maple Leafs have hit the skids recently, going 1-5-0 in their last six games. They sit currently at 64 points and are barely holding on to that 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. To make matters worse, Joffrey Lupul, their second leading goal-scorer, injured his ankle against Vancouver over the weekend, and missed practice yesterday. He is however, expected to be in the line-up tonight.
Projected Leafs Lineup:
Lupul – Bozak – Kessel
Kulemin – Grabovski – MacArthur
Lombardi – Connolly – Armstrong
Boyce – Steckel – Brown
Phaneuf – Schenn
Liles – Franson
Komisarek – Gardiner
Posted on February 21, 2012, in Devils Army, Devils Army Generals, Game Preview, New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Devils Fans, NHL and tagged New Jersey Devils, NHL, Toronto Maple Leafs. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.