NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, January 20th
(All times eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (19-21-8) at New Jersey Devils (26-17-3), 5 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will try to find their offense this
evening, as they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Prudential Center.
New Jersey has lost two straight after a three-game winning streak, netting
just two goals in its last two games. The Devils have scored the fewest goals
in the league this season, netting just 112 through 46 games.
The Devils dropped a 3-1 decision to New York on Wednesday before losing to
Florida, 2-1, on Friday. Radek Dvorak and David Booth scored 1:17 apart
early in the third period, as the Panthers edged New Jersey.
Travis Zajac scored for the Devils, with assists from Jamie Langenbrunner and
Zach Parise. Martin Brodeur made 25 saves for New Jersey, which has slipped
into a tie with Philadelphia for second place in the Atlantic Division, two
points back of Pittsburgh.
The Devils have lost two in a row for the first time since December 9-10, and
two straight in regulation for the first time since November 14-16.
Parise has been New Jersey's most consistent scorer, as he leads the club
with 16 goals, 25 assists and 41 points.
The Devils have lost the first two tests of their current three-game homestand
that wraps today. New Jersey is 13-7-0 at the Prudential Center this season
and will be in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Toronto won its third straight game on Saturday by besting Buffalo, 4-2, and a
win tonight would match the club's longest winning streak of the season. That
four-game burst was set from November 29-December 6.
Consecutive victories have been rare for Toronto this season, as the club has
only enjoyed four winning streaks. That includes its current three-game run,
the season-high four-game burst, and a pair of two-game win streaks.
Nik Antropov scored his 18th goal of the season, matching his career high set
last year. Antropov, who also posted his 21st assist of the season, is now
just six points shy of the career-best 45 he posted in 2002-03 in 72 games.
Alex Steen also had a goal and an assist for the Leafs and Vesa Toskala made
26 saves. Alexei Ponikarovsky and Jason Blake each added goals.
The Maple Leafs have lost six of their last seven on the road and are 9-13-3
outside of Toronto this year. The club returns home to host Washington on
The Devils recorded a 3-2 victory when the clubs met for the first time this
season on November 2 in New Jersey. The Devils have won three of the last five
in the series, though the Maple Leafs have posted a win in seven of their last
10 against New Jersey.
Toronto has lost two of its last three in the Garden State.
01/20 10:34:16 ET