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Toronto Maple Leafs Game Preview Number 16: New Jersey Devils

Who: New Jersey Devils (4-7-4) at Toronto Maple Leafs (10-5-0)

Where: Air Canada Centre (Toronto, ON)

When: 7:30 PM ET

Where to watch: TSN; MSG+

Where to listen: TSN Radio 1050; WFAN

Enemy blog: Pucks and Pitchforks

Lineups (via, Tom Gulitti and Jonas Siegel):



Joffrey LupulJames van RiemsdykPhil Kessel

Mason RaymondNazem KadriDavid Clarkson

Troy BodieJay McClementNikolai Kulemin

Frazer McLarenJerred SmithsonColton Orr


Carl GunnarssonDion Phaneuf

Mark FraserPaul Ranger

Cody FransonJake Gardiner


Jonathan Bernier

James Reimer



Dainius ZubrusAndrei LoktionovJaromir Jagr

Mattias TedenbyAdam HenriqueMichael Ryder

Steve BernierTravis ZajacDamien Brunner

Ryan CarterStephen GiontaCam Janssen


Andy GreenePeter Harrold

Anton VolchenkovMarek Zidlicky

Eric GelinasAdam Larsson


Cory Schneider

Martin Brodeur

  • Tonight marks the first game of the van Riemsdyk-at-centre era. It should be fun to see Kessel and Lupul on a line again, as they had so much success together two years ago. However, don’t expect much out of that top line defensively.
  • Clarkson faces his former team and with Dave Bolland out, moves up to the second line for the occasion. He’ll probably be even more amped than usual, so we’ll see if that turns out to be a good thing or a bad thing.
  • The Devils have struggled this year, but are pretty good at limiting shots against, a category in which the Leafs are among the league’s worst. Schneider will get the start for the Devs as he looks to improve on his 1-4-2 won-loss record. Although he has won fewer games than his teammate Brodeur, Schneider owns the better save percentage.
  • Morgan Rielly will sit tonight to make room for the return of Fraser. After the Vancouver Canucks manhandled the Leafs last Saturday, Randy Carlyle has shaken up his defense corps. I thought Ranger might have been the odd-man out, but with an abundance of offensive d-men on the roster, it makes sense that Rielly would be the one to sit.
  • Bernier gets the start tonight, so it looks like Carlyle is saving Reimer for the tougher matchup against the Boston Bruins tomorrow.

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