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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.


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

  1. Tim Bayer says:

    Lest we forget. God bless our troops.

  2. Tim Bayer says:

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

  3. James Gleason says:

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

  4. Tim Bayer says:

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

  5. Tim Bayer says:

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

  6. Tim Bayer says:


  7. Tim Bayer says:

    Wait, Rielly is playing?

  8. Tim Bayer says:

    Marek Zidlicky you bad man.

  9. James Gleason says:

    will clarkson ever score

  10. Tim Bayer says:

    Kesselupul 4ever

  11. Tim Bayer says:

    WOOO 4 minutes

  12. Tim Bayer says:

    Not A Very Good Power Play

  13. Tim Bayer says:

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

  14. James Gleason says:

    kuli forever

  15. Tim Bayer says:

    that was close. Nice shot Kadri.

  16. Tim Bayer says:

    So Ranger is sitting?

  17. James Gleason says:

    jvr is bad on the draw

  18. Tim Bayer says:

    Ranger is playing? Who is sitting then?

  19. Tim Bayer says:

    Kadri Drawing Penalties

  20. Tim Bayer says:

    A younger, mulleted Jagr would’ve scored there.

  21. Tim Bayer says:

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

  22. Tim Bayer says:

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

  23. Tim Bayer says:

    Why are games against the Devils always so boring?

  24. Tim Bayer says:


  25. James Gleason says:

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

  26. Tim Bayer says:

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

  27. James Gleason says:


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  30. James Gleason says:

    leafs pp which will mean tie game

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  33. Tim Bayer says:

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

  34. Tim Bayer says:

    oh no

  35. James Gleason says:

    called it

  36. Tim Bayer says:


  37. Tim Bayer says:

    I hate Michael Ryder.

  38. James Gleason says:

    please no shoot out

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  40. Tim Bayer says:

    NO WAY

  41. James Gleason says:

    nice save jeez

  42. James Gleason says:

    aaaaand shoot out

  43. Tim Bayer says:

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

  44. Tim Bayer says:

    Shooters: Kessel, Kessel and Kessel.

  45. Tim Bayer says:

    Seriously though: Kessel, Raymond and Kadri.

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