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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New Jersey Devils (Game Number 16): Live Game Thread


The Leafs are coming off their longest break between games since January 2012, when they had a full week off between games against the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins. The Leafs lost both of those games; the Isles game in overtime and the Penguins game in a shootout. That was a long time ago and the roster is completely different now, but obviously the Leafs will be hoping for a better fate tonight as they take on the New Jersey Devils after a six-day break.

Last time around, the Vancouver Canucks soundly beat the Leafs 4-0 on Saturday night. The Leafs were outshot 47-21 and completely outclassed by a superior Canucks team. They’ve had a full week of practice to try and iron out their issues, so they should be fully motivated to put that ugly loss behind them with a strong effort against the Devils.

The Leafs didn’t only lose the game on Saturday, they also lost a key player in centre Dave Bolland. Bolland is likely to be out for at least a couple of months after suffering a lacerated ankle after a freak collision with Zack Kassian of the Canucks. That means the Leafs will try James van Riemsdyk in the first-line centre spot between Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul. JvR has never played centre in his NHL career, but did play the position in college.

The Devils are struggling to score goals this season after losing Ilya Kovalchuk to the KHL in the summer. The Devils sit 25th in the league with a goals-for percentage of 38.7, but there is reason for optimism for Devils fans as they are 10th in corsi-for percentage with a 52 mark. They’ll need the likes of Steve Bernier (two points), Andrei Loktionov (three), Dainius Zubrus (three) and Travis Zajac (four) to break out of their slumps soon to improve on their mediocre won-loss record. Cory Schneider will get the start in goal for the Devils tonight.

Jonathan Bernier will get the start for the Leafs, with James Reimer likely to get the nod tomorrow night against the Boston Bruins. Nineteen-year-old defenseman Morgan Rielly will sit out to make room for Mark Fraser, who is returning from injury after 13 games on the shelf. Paul Ranger will likely be Fraser’s defense partner tonight. For full lineup information and other notes, check out our preview.

Comment below to take part in our game thread. What are your predictions for the game tonight? I’ll start: The Leafs win 4-1 thanks to two goals by Kessel and David Clarkson scoring his first goal of the season against his former team.

GO LEAFS GO!

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  • Tim Bayer

    Lest we forget. God bless our troops.

  • Tim Bayer

    Don’t they usually have the HOF festivities before a Saturday game? Isn’t there some kind of alumni game they do too?

  • James Gleason

    I’m going out tomrrorow and I don’t even think I will be as drunk as Eddie belfour

    • Tim Bayer

      Unless you plan on waking up in a ditch Sunday morning I don’t think that’s even possible.

  • Tim Bayer

    It’s been so long since the Leafs last played I don’t even remember who the players are.

  • Tim Bayer

    I think the Leafs need to work on limiting the 20-minute pre-game ceremonies.

  • Tim Bayer

    HOW DO YOU NOT SCORE

  • Tim Bayer

    Wait, Rielly is playing?

  • Tim Bayer

    Marek Zidlicky you bad man.

  • James Gleason

    will clarkson ever score

  • Tim Bayer

    Kesselupul 4ever

  • Tim Bayer

    WOOO 4 minutes

  • Tim Bayer

    Not A Very Good Power Play

  • Tim Bayer

    haha Kulemin just sent some little dude who tried to hit him flying.

  • James Gleason

    kuli forever

  • Tim Bayer

    that was close. Nice shot Kadri.

  • Tim Bayer

    So Ranger is sitting?

  • James Gleason

    jvr is bad on the draw

  • Tim Bayer

    Ranger is playing? Who is sitting then?

    • James Gleason

      i know orr is sitting

      • Tim Bayer

        Ha. But he is playing right? I’m honestly confused as to how they’re playing 12 forwards and 7 D.

        • James Gleason

          no idea

          • Tim Bayer

            I was confused. Since Orr is scratched they’re rolling 11 forwards.

      • Tim Bayer

        Oh he actually is sitting! I thought I saw him on the fourth line. My mistake.

  • Tim Bayer

    Kadri Drawing Penalties

  • Tim Bayer

    A younger, mulleted Jagr would’ve scored there.

  • Tim Bayer

    Mirtle tweeted Leafs are being outshot 27-9 at evens.

    • Tim Bayer

      Sorry, shot attempts, not shots on goal.

  • Tim Bayer

    Good thing the Devils can’t score because the Leafs defense has been terrible.

  • Tim Bayer

    Why are games against the Devils always so boring?

  • Tim Bayer

    SCORE A GOAL. SCORE A GOAL.

  • James Gleason

    jagr is soo fat a cross check won’t even work

  • Tim Bayer

    This is going to be one of those 0-0 games that go 15 rounds deep in the shootout, isn’t it?

    • James Gleason

      which would suuck cuz boston on sat

      • Tim Bayer

        truth

  • James Gleason

    burrrnniiieerr

  • Tim Bayer

    RAYMOND!

  • Tim Bayer

    SCORE A GOAL. SCORE A GOAL.

  • James Gleason

    leafs pp which will mean tie game

  • Tim Bayer

    KESSSSSELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  • James Gleason

    holy

  • Tim Bayer

    So it’s gonna be one of *these* third periods, eh?

    • James Gleason

      always

      • Tim Bayer

        A Carlyle Special.

  • Tim Bayer

    oh no

  • James Gleason

    called it

    • Tim Bayer

      IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT

  • Tim Bayer

    *GASP*

  • Tim Bayer

    I hate Michael Ryder.

    • James Gleason

      i could never hate him

      • Tim Bayer

        He used to be a Hab. Hate hate hate.

  • James Gleason

    please no shoot out

  • Tim Bayer

    WHOA DION

  • Tim Bayer

    NO WAY

  • James Gleason

    nice save jeez

  • James Gleason

    aaaaand shoot out

  • Tim Bayer

    oh man. That would’ve been an AMAZING goal. What a save.

  • Tim Bayer

    Shooters: Kessel, Kessel and Kessel.

  • Tim Bayer

    Seriously though: Kessel, Raymond and Kadri.

  • Tim Bayer

    JAY VEE ARRRRRRRRR

  • James Gleason

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  • James Gleason

    win