NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, February 28th
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (33-18-11-1) at Toronto Maple Leafs (34-19-9-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs try to halt a three-game losing
streak tonight when they invite the New Jersey Devils to Air Canada Centre.
The Leafs enter the day's action tied with Boston for second in the Northeast
Division with 80 points -- two behind first-place Ottawa.
On Wednesday, Toronto dropped a 4-3 setback in Tampa. Brad Richards scored two
goals and assisted on another to lead the Lightning.
Alexander Mogilny, Mats Sundin and Joe Nieuwendyk each recorded a goal and an
assist for the Maple Leafs, who have lost three straight for the first time
this season. Mikael Tellqvist turned aside 22 of the 26 shots he saw in the
Tellqvist started once again in place of Ed Belfour, who has missed eight
consecutive games due to back problems. Belfour remains listed as day-to-day
by the club, and could return this evening.
Mogilny's goal was his first in five games since returning from hip surgery
that had sidelined him since late November.
Toronto opens a six-game homestand tonight and will welcome the Bruins to town
New Jersey, which currently owns the sixth spot in the East, saw its three-
game win streak come to an end with a 3-2 loss to Atlanta on Friday night. The
Devils are still 5-2-1 in their last eight games overall and trail Toronto and
Boston by just two points for the fourth slot.
Brian Gionta and Patrik Elias each lit the lamp for the Devils in the Friday's
tough loss. Elias added an assist and Scott Gomez posted the other helper in
the contest. The trio of Gionta, Elias and Gomez has compiled 28 points in the
last four tilts.
Martin Brodeur turned aside 20 of the 23 shots he faced for the loss in head
coach Pat Burns' 1000th career game. Burns became the 11th bench boss in NHL
history to reach the milestone and was honored in a pre-game ceremony.
Devils forward Jamie Langenbrunner missed part of the second period after
taking a high stick by Serge Aubin. Langenbrunner did eventually return to the
New Jersey, which is opening up a five-game road trip, has registered a 5-3-1
record in its last nine tilts in foreign buildings. For the year, the Devils
are 15-7-7-0 on the road.
Jersey is 1-0-2 against Toronto this season, but the Leafs hold a 2-1-2 mark
in the last five meetings overall. The Devils are 3-2-1 in their last six
trips to Toronto.
02/28 10:07:01 ET