NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, March 8th
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (39-23-6) at Toronto Maple Leafs (30-29-10), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will try to hold onto the top spot in
the Eastern Conference tonight, when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs for a
matchup at Air Canada Centre.
The Devils have 84 points after notching Friday's win over Tampa Bay and lead
the East by one point over Montreal and Atlantic Division rival Pittsburgh.
Patrik Elias scored the game-winning goal with 58 seconds left in overtime to
give New Jersey Devils a 2-1 home win over the Lightning.
Zach Parise added a goal and Martin Brodeur got the win after stopping 21-
of-22 shots for the Devils, who have won two games in a row.
New Jersey came into Friday trailing both Montreal and Pittsburgh by one
point, but was able to jump past both idle clubs with the win over Tampa. The
Canadiens will be in action today at Los Angeles, while Pittsburgh is off
until Sunday's test in Washington.
Tonight marks the opener of a four-game road trip for the Devils, who are
17-11-5 as the visitor and have won six of their last nine away from Newark.
The next stop on New Jersey's swing will be in Montreal for Tuesday's showdown
at the Bell Centre.
The Maple Leafs have won two of three and five of their last seven games and
are coming off a lopsided victory their last time out. Toronto visited Boston
on Thursday and notched an 8-2 victory over the Bruins.
Bryan McCabe had a goal and three assists -- tying a career-high with four
points -- and Nik Antropov scored twice to lead Toronto the easy triumph at TD
Mats Sundin and Jason Blake each had a goal and two assists for the Maple
Leafs, who have 70 points and are six behind Philadelphia for the eighth and
final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference
Alexander Steen picked up three assists, and Tomas Kaberle added two helpers
for Toronto. Vesa Toskala stopped 27 shots for the Maple Leafs, who scored
eight straight goals after falling behind 1-0.
Sundin has registered a point in seven straight games and has six goals and
seven assists during the run.
Tonight marks the first of two straight at home for the Leafs, who are 16-13-5
as the host this season. Toronto will also welcome Philadelphia on Tuesday for
the opener of a home-and-home series.
The Devils are 3-0 against Toronto this season and have won five of the last
seven encounters with the Maple Leafs. Jersey has won two of its previous
three stops in Toronto, but has also lost four of six and six of nine game at
the Air Canada Centre.
03/08 10:34:03 ET