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Saturday, November 18th (All times eastern)

New Jersey Devils (11-6-1) at Toronto Maple Leafs (11-5-4), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will begin a five-game road trip this evening when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.

The Devils have won five of their last six games and are currently atop the Atlantic Division with 23 points. New Jersey hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday and posted a 3-2 victory.

The line of Jamie Langenbrunner, Travis Zajac and Zach Parise accounted for all three New Jersey goals as the Devils withstood a late Ottawa rally. Langenbrunner, Zajac and Parise each picked up three points, with Langenbrunner posting two goals and an assist for the Devils, who also won for the seventh time in their last nine games.

Parise had a goal and two assists, while Zajac finished with three helpers for New Jersey.

The win allowed the Devils to improve to 8-1-1 on home ice this season. New Jersey is just 3-5-0 as the visiting club.

The Maple Leafs had a four-game win streak snapped Thursday night in Boston, as they were handed an overtime loss by the Bruins. Patrice Bergeron scored 34 seconds into the extra session to give Boston the 2-1 victory at TD Banknorth Garden.

Bryan McCabe tallied the goal for the Maple Leafs, who still managed to record a point for the fifth straight contest. Jean-Sebastien Aubin, who made his second straight start for Toronto, had 34 saves in the losing effort.

Toronto is playing the first of two straight games at home tonight. The Leafs, who are 5-3-2 as the host club this year, will complete the brief homestand Monday against the New York Islanders.

The Devils and Leafs met back on October 12 and Jersey posted the 7-6 shootout win. That win snapped a five-game losing streak in the series for the Devils.

11/18 10:27:12 ET


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