NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, March 26th (All times eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (32-32-6) at New Jersey Devils (35-26-9), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs try to keep their fleeting playoff hopes alive this evening, as they try to snap a two-game losing streak against the New Jersey Devils at Continental Airlines Arena.
Toronto is currently 12th in the Eastern Conference with 70 points, seven points back of the Montreal Canadiens for the eighth and final spot with 12 games to go. The Devils, meanwhile, sit in the seventh spot with 79 points.
The Maple Leafs' playoff hopes took a big hit on Saturday, as they were upended by the Canadiens, 6-2, at the Bell Centre. Mats Sundin scored both of the goals for Toronto, which also lost to Montreal on Thursday.
Mikael Tellqvist allowed all six goals on 29 shots faced. Tellqvist allowed 11 goals to the Canadiens in the two road losses.
The Maple Leafs, who will close a four-game road trip in Philadelphia on Tuesday, are just 2-12-2 in their last 16 on the road and are 11-20-4 away from home this season.
New Jersey, meanwhile, comes in on a high note after Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta each recorded a goal and an assist in the Devils' 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Friday.
Zach Parise and Paul Martin also scored in the win, while Scott Clemmensen made 25 saves in a rare start for the Devils, who got a huge emotional lift prior to the game from Ken Daneyko's ceremony and used it to snap a three-game losing streak.
Prior to the game, Daneyko, who spent all 18 of his NHL seasons and 1,283 games of his career with New Jersey, had his No. 3 retired into the rafters.
The Devils, who will visit Ottawa on Tuesday, are 22-10-3 in their arena this season.
Toronto has won all three meetings with New Jersey this season and is 6-1-2 in the last nine and 7-2-2 in the last 11 meetings. The Leafs have also had success in the Garden State, where they are unbeaten in their last four visits (2-0-2).
03/26 10:11:58 ET