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Game Preview – Game 26: Your New Jersey Devils @ Toronto Maple Leafs

New Jersey Devils vs Toronto Maple Leafs

New Jersey Devils (12-12-1, 25 points) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (15-10-2, 32 points)
7:00 PM EST
TV: MSG
Radio: WFAN 660 AM

Matchup:

Tonight will be the second of four times this season that the Devils and Leafs will square off against each other. They last met on November 2 at Prudential Center, which saw the Leafs take a 5-3 victory.

Will the Devils Win on this Road Trip?:

The Devils cannot wait to return to Prudential Center on Thursday after they conclude this four-game road trip tonight in Toronto.

Overall, the Devils are 7-8-0 on the road this season. Three of those losses are from this current road trip which have the Devils on a season high four game losing streak.

The bright side, I  guess you could call it, is that the Devils are playing better at the end of the road trip compared to the first game against Colorado last Wednesday. In the game against the Avalanche, the Devils were made a fool of by losing 6-1. After that game, the Devils dropped consecutive contests to the Wild and Jets 4-2. They outshot their competition in both of those games. 31-16 against Minnesota, and 25-20 against the Jets.

It’s not that the team is playing bad, things just aren’t going the Devils’ way. Well, except the fact they need to learn to stop giving up goals when they have the man advantage!

The Devils have to continue to keep playing hard, and a win tonight against the Maple Leafs will be a step in the right direction for the team.

Projected Devils Lineup:

Parise – Henrique – Kovalchuk
Tedenby - Elias - Sykora

Zubrus - Carter – Clarkson
Boulton – Sestito – Palmieri

Greene – Larsson
Talinder – Fayne
Volchenkov – Salvador

Brodeur
Hedberg

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Toronto vs. New Jersey Notes:

- Phil Kessel leads active Toronto players in assists (14) and points (18) against the Devils.

- Joffrey Lupul leads the Leafs in career goals (7) in 18 games against New Jersey. Remember, Lupul had a hat trick on November 2 in the first meeting between the two clubs this season.

- Leafs Center, David Steckel, played 18 games with the Devils last season.

Projected Maple Leafs Lineup:

Lupul – Bozak – Kessel
MacArthur – Connolly – Frattin
Kulemin – Colborne – Crabb
Rosehill – Steckel – Dupuis

Phaneuf – Gunnarsson
Liles – Franson
Gardiner – Schenn

Reimer
Gustavsson

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Game Preview – Game 10: Toronto St. Patricks @ Your New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Devils vs Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs (7-3-1) @ New Jersey Devils (4-4-1)
7:30 PM EDT

TV: MSG Plus
Radio: WFAN 660 AM

Matchup:

Tonight is the first of four games between the Devils and the Maple Leafs this season. Last year, the Devils were 2-2 against the Leafs, with one of the wins coming in overtime. The Devils were outscored 10-8 in the season series.

Home Ice Advantage?:

The Devils will return home to the Prudential Center tonight to take on the Maple Leafs, and I bet they’re glad to be home. The Devils dropped three of four on the road, collecting their only win against the Kings last Tuesday. They were outscored 12-8 on the trip.

The Devils find themselves 2-1-1 at home this season. Their last game at Prudential Center was on October 21 against the San Jose Sharks which resulted in a 3-2 loss in a shootout.

As pointed out on Speaking of the Devils, “The Devils play play four of their next five at Prudential Center (they play in Philly tomorrow), but play 15 out of their next 21 games on the road.”

Devils Injury Update:

Martin Brodeur has confirmed that he is starting in goal tonight for the New Jersey Devils, after missing six games with a sore shoulder.

Travis Zajac made a visit to Devils practice on Monday. Zajac told reporters that he has started skating on his own in Winnipeg, but there is still no timetable for his return. If going by the first indication, the original prediction for Zajac’s return would be in the middle of the month.

Jacob Josefson is still recovering from surgery to repair his broken right clavicle. He’s still expected to miss three-to-four months.

Eric Boulton has resumed practicing with the team after hurting his hand in a fight on October 21 in the game against San Jose.

Against the Maple Leafs:

All-time the Devils are 36-35-15-1 against the Maple Leafs. They are 21-12-9-1 when playing in New Jersey.

Ilya Kovalchuk has the most career points against the Leafs, 16 goals and 19 assists.

Patrik Elias has the most points against the Leafs as a Devil with 13 goals and 16 assists.

Martin Brodeur is 20-17-9 in his career against the Leafs, with a 2.53 goals against average.

Projected Devils Lineup:

Parise – Henrique – Kovalchuk
Sykora - Elias - Zubrus

Tedenby - Carter – Clarkson
Palmieri – Mills – Janssen

Greene – Larsson
Tallinder - Fayne
Volchenkov – Salvador

Brodeur
Hedberg

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Why was Phil Kessel Chosen Last in the All Star Draft?:

Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel is getting the last laugh at the fact he was drafted last in last year’s All Star Fantasy Draft. Kessel led the league in October with a league best 10 goals and 18 points, earning him the Player of the Month award. With Kessel’s hot start, the Maple Leafs find themselves first in the Northeast Division with 15 points.

Reim-Time:

Leafs goaltender James Reimer has missed the last several games while recovering from whiplash. He has been practicing with the Leafs for a couple of days now, and has been labeled by Leafs coach Ron Wilson as a game-time decision.

Projected Maple Leafs Lineup:

Lupol – Connolly – Kessel
MacArthur – Grabovski – Kulemin
Frattin – Bozak – Lombardi
Dupuis – Steckel – Brown

Gunnarsson – Phaneuf
Liles – Komisarek
Gardiner – Schenn

Gustavsson
Reimer


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