Toronto Maple Leafs @ New Jersey Devils
07:00 PM at Prudential Heart
Watch on: SNE, SNO, SNP, MSG, MSGSN2
Opponent’s Website: All About The Jersey
The Leafs final recreation was at dwelling on November 21 towards the New York Islanders, which Toronto misplaced by a rating of 3-2. The Leafs have a file of 10-5-5 to date.
The New Jersey Devils final performed at dwelling on November 21 towards the Edmonton Oilers. The Devils received by a rating of 5-2, and their present league file is 16-3-0.
We used to crack dangerous jokes about going to hell when the Leafs performed the Devils on the highway. You already know, as a result of it is Jersey, ha ha ha… uh, yeah. These days are gone. It is hell for a special motive, purple and scorching:
The defensive map is simply as intimidating. I believe we noticed that when the Devils have been in Toronto. They very successfully snap to defending with 5 males again, they clog up the slot and so they make it very troublesome for his or her opponents to do something significant. Then as quickly as a shot banks off somebody’s shinpads, they’ve the puck and away they go. And so they can go quick. They’re disciplined and fast. And their offense that grows out of actually tight protection jogs my memory very strongly of classic Boston. (Boston proper now could be piling up factors by being generalists, and having no weaknesses, they’re completely different, and proving there is no one path via the forest whereas they’re main the NHL within the standings.)
The knock on the Devils is that that warmth map is made up of a set of video games towards pretty weak opponents. Honest sufficient, there’s fact in that, however you possibly can’t go over there and complain about evil Gary Bettman bringing parity to the NHL after which come right here and say the Devils simply performed actually dangerous backside feeders, so it is okay. The times of groups being as dangerous because the previous Sabers groups are over. Parity has modified the definition of weak.
So how did they get this good? Effectively up in that image up high is John Marino. Pittsburgh signed him for six years at $4.4 million after which bought in a cap crunch after they needed to re-sign Evgeni Malkin. So that they traded him for a type of New Jersey guys used to play within the NHL (Joey Anderson was one) and a third-round decide. Marino is not a star, however for the Devils, with cap area to spare as they construct up, they’ll afford to defend who’s stable with no actual weaknesses to play 20+ minutes an evening at that value. Toronto needed to intestine the forwards to get Jake Muzzin and TJ Brodie on the roster.
The Devils get to pinch pennies as a result of they’re getting world-beating performances out of Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier at William Nylander costs, not Mitch Marner costs. That distinction (and no, I do not suppose Kyle Dubas is dangerous and silly and never robust sufficient, and will of bought Matthews and Marner for cheaper, all he needed to do was take his glasses off and stare them down…) however that distinction means the Devils followers do not sit round fantasy buying and selling each participant making over a million. They’ve superb assist gamers of their high six that price what these gamers price. And so they do not have a single defender making lower than a million, with Dougie Hamilton topping the checklist at $9 million.
The Devils bought to the purpose the place they might construct at will with no dangerous contracts getting in the way in which (insert image of smiling Patrick Marleau and Nikita Zaitsev right here) as a result of they stayed within the basement for a very long time. Lengthy sufficient to turn out to be a joke staff. Har har. And so they constructed their staff so effectively, that top-of-the-line assist forwards within the NHL, Ondrej Palat, is on IR, and so they do not even care! They do not really want it.
The Devils have constructed their staff nearly totally by way of participant analysis—each on the draft and in commerce. I do not really suppose Lindy Ruff is all that nice as a coach, however he clearly has the demeanor to climate the ups and downs. This staff was made by the Basic Managers, largely the newest one. Tom Fitzgerald’s trades are value a glance.
These traces are from a few days in the past, we’ll replace you at recreation time if something adjustments of significance.
Supply: Amanda Stein by way of Day by day Faceoff
Tomas Tatar – Nico Hischier – Fabian Zetterlund
Erik Haula – Jack Hughes – Jesper Bratt
Yegor Sharangovich – Jesper Boqvist – Dawson Mercer
Miles Wooden – Michael McLeod – Nathan Bastian
Jonas Siegenthaler – Dougie Hamilton
Ryan Graves – John Marino
Brendan Smith – Damon Severson
Vitek Vanacek – seemingly starter
The Leafs are the Leafs are the Leafs. Misplaced within the bitter ending to the final recreation was a banger efficiency by the staff offensively simply as one other defender went on IR. They want that offensive spark plus a full 60 minutes of 100% focus to win this one.
Nick Robertson returns to the lineup, and Denis Malgin sits out. The traces from observe are under, and are seemingly what we’ll see tonight. The protection is what it’s, and if the Leafs suppose now is an efficient time to toss Mac Hollowell within the deep finish, effectively, perhaps he’ll shock me and swim.
Michael Bunting-Auston Matthews-William Nylander
Nick Robertson – John Tavares – Mitch Marner
Alex Kerfoot – Pontus Holmberg – Järnkrok Avenue
Zach Aston-Reese – David Kämpf – Pierre Engvall
Mark Giordano – Justin Holl
Rasmus Sandin – Timothy Liljegren
Jordie Benn-Mac Hollowell
Matt Murray – anticipated starter
Toronto vs. New Jersey
|62.5 – ninth||Factors % – Rating||84.2 – 2nd|
|2.95 – twenty first||Objectives/Recreation – Rating||3,842 – 2nd|
|2.7 – seventh||Objectives Towards/Recreation – Rating||2.316 – 2nd|
|28.1 – sixth||Energy Play% – Rating||21.0 – fifteenth|
|77.6 – 18th||Penalty Kill% – Rating||81.0 – eighth|
|9.6 – nineteenth||Staff Sh% – Rating||10.5 – thirteenth|
|0.904 – tenth||Staff Sv% – Rating||0.907 – seventh|
|John Tavares – 11||Most Objectives (NST)||Nico Hischier – 9|
|Mitchell Marner-23||Most Factors (NST)||Jesper Bratt-24|
|Michael Bunting-32||Most PIM (NST)||Miles Wooden – 33|
|Morgan Rielly-23||TOI Chief (NST)||Dougie Hamilton – 21.67|
Hockey will not be notably predictable recreation by recreation. I would not need this Leafs lineup to play that Devils staff in a playoff spherical, however one recreation? Who is aware of. You must play it such as you suppose you possibly can win it, although. Even when your greatest defender is 39 years previous. You possibly can go search for the Leafs possibilities your self in all the standard locations. I am within the “do not inform me the percentages” camp tonight.
Go Leaf’s Go. As soon as extra unto the breach and all that stuff.