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Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs journey to New Jersey

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 document of 10-5-5 to date.

The New Jersey Devils final performed at dwelling on November 21 towards the Edmonton Oilers. The Devils gained by a rating of 5-2, and their present league document is 16-3-0.


We used to crack unhealthy jokes about going to hell when the Leafs performed the Devils on the street. You understand, as a result of it is Jersey, ha ha ha… uh, yeah. These days are gone. It is hell for a special cause, pink and scorching:

The defensive map is simply as intimidating. I believe we noticed that when the Devils had been in Toronto. They very successfully snap to defending with 5 males again, they clog up the slot and so they make it very tough 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. They usually 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 isn’t any one path by means of 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. Truthful sufficient, there’s fact in that, however you may’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 unhealthy backside feeders, so it is okay. The times of groups being as unhealthy 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 obtained in a cap crunch once they needed to re-sign Evgeni Malkin. In order 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 choose. Marino is not a star, however for the Devils, with cap house 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 assume Kyle Dubas is unhealthy and silly and never robust sufficient, and may of obtained 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. They usually haven’t got a single defender making lower than a million, with Dougie Hamilton topping the checklist at $9 million.

The Devils obtained to the purpose the place they might construct at will with no unhealthy contracts getting in the best way (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 change into a joke workforce. Har har. They usually constructed their workforce so properly, that probably the greatest assist forwards within the NHL, Ondrej Palat, is on IR, and so they do not even care! They do not actually need it.

The Devils have constructed their workforce nearly fully through participant analysis—each on the draft and in commerce. I do not really assume Lindy Ruff is all that nice as a coach, however he clearly has the demeanor to climate the ups and downs. This workforce was made by the Normal Managers, principally the latest one. Tom Fitzgerald’s trades are price a glance.


These traces are from a few days in the past, we’ll replace you at recreation time if something modifications of significance.

Supply: Amanda Stein through Every 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 – doubtless starter
Akira Schmid


The Leafs are the Leafs are the Leafs. Misplaced within the bitter ending to the final recreation was a banger efficiency by the workforce 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 follow are beneath, and are doubtless what we’ll see tonight. The protection is what it’s, and if the Leafs assume now is an effective time to toss Mac Hollowell within the deep finish, properly, 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
Erik Källgren

The sport

Toronto vs. New Jersey

Toronto stat New Jersey
Toronto stat New Jersey
62.5 – ninth Factors % – Rating 84.2 – 2nd
2.95 – twenty first Targets/Recreation – Rating 3,842 – 2nd
2.7 – seventh Targets In opposition to/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 Workforce Sh% – Rating 10.5 – thirteenth
0.904 – tenth Workforce Sv% – Rating 0.907 – seventh
John Tavares – 11 Most Targets (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 isn’t notably predictable recreation by recreation. I would not need this Leafs lineup to play that Devils workforce in a playoff spherical, however one recreation? Who is aware of. It’s important to play it such as you assume you may win it, although. Even when your greatest defender is 39 years previous. You may go lookup the Leafs possibilities your self in all the standard locations. I am within the “do not inform me the chances” camp tonight.

Go Leaf’s Go. As soon as extra unto the breach and all that stuff.

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