NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, December 26th
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (15-15-5) at Toronto Maple Leafs (18-14-3), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils hope to pick up their second victory
with Lou Lamoriello behind the bench tonight when they visit the Toronto Maple
Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
The Devils won Lamoriello's first game as interim coach last Tuesday,
defeating the Rangers in New York. Since then they have fallen to the
Islanders and Thrashers.
On Friday New Jersey dropped a 1-0 tilt to visiting Atlanta. Michael Garnett
made 29 saves and recorded his first career shutout to lift the visitors.
Martin Brodeur finished with 22 saves for the Devils, who have lost four of
their last five games overall.
New Jersey's downfall once again was its inefficiency on the power play, as
the Devils failed to score a goal on eight opportunities. The Devils now have
only four tallies in their last 96 chances with the man advantage.
The Devils' search for a permanent head coach may have taken a turn over the
weekend, as former Jack Adams Award winner Ted Nolan expressed interest in the
job. Nolan coached the Buffalo Sabres in 1995-96 and 1996-97 and has not been
in the NHL since. He is currently the head coach and director of hockey
operations for the QMJHL's Moncton Wildcats.
Jersey will host Washington on Wednesday.
Toronto, meanwhile, has won two of its last three games. On Friday, Bryan
McCabe scored the eventual game-winning goal and added an assist, as the Leafs
edged Boston, 2-1, in the second installment of a home-and-home series at Air
Darcy Tucker netted the other goal and Tomas Kaberle recorded two assists for
Toronto. Ed Belfour was solid in net, stopping 25 of the 26 shots he faced.
The Maple Leafs, who are 12-7-1 at home will visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Toronto and New Jersey went 1-1-2 (1 loss, 2 ties) against each other in
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