NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, October 29th
(All times eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (3-3-3) at New Jersey Devils (5-2-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will open a four-game homestand
tonight, when they welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs for a matchup at Prudential
The Devils will try to rebound from a home-and-home sweep at the hands of the
rival Philadelphia Flyers. Jersey was pounded, 6-3, by the visiting Flyers in
Friday's opener and then dropped an overtime decision the following day in
Jeff Carter scored with 1:16 left in overtime to lift the Flyers to the 3-2
decision at the Wachovia Center.
Just prior to the game-winning goal a noxious substance was thrown on the ice,
resulting in a delay of several minutes. When play resumed, Ossi Vaananen
threw a shot on net from the right point that Carter tipped past Martin
Brodeur as he was falling to the ice.
Brian Gionta and Zach Parise each had a goal for the Devils, who had won three
straight prior to the two-game set with Philadelphia. Brodeur stopped 30 shots
in the loss.
The Devils, who are 2-1-0 as the host team this year, will also welcome
Atlanta, Buffalo and Tampa Bay on the residency.
Toronto had won back-to-back contests before suffering Tuesday's 3-2 loss
against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning. Vinny Lecavalier scored twice and
Mike Smith was stellar with 37 saves to lead the Lightning to the close win at
Air Canada Centre.
Mike Van Ryn and Matt Stajan scored for the Maple Leafs, while Vesa Toskala
allowed three goals on 25 shots in the loss.
Toskala is 0-3 with a 3.06 goals against average and .883 save percentage in
three career games against the Devils.
Toronto is 2-1-1 as the visiting team this season and won its last game on the
road, defeating the Bruins in Boston last Thursday.
The Devils have won four straight and six of the last eight meetings with
Toronto. The Maple Leafs have also dropped two in a row and three of their
last four tests in New Jersey.
10/29 10:53:29 ET