Game Night: Devils at Maple Leafs


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NEW JERSEY DEVILS (23-35-5) at TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (39-18-5)

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Wednesday, 7 p.m.

TV: Sportsnet Radio: AM 1050

WHY WATCH? devilishly good

A Maple Leafs victory would give them 40 wins, which would mark the 15th time in franchise history the Leafs have reached that mark. Mitch Marner is the NHL’s top producer since Jan. 15 with 47 points in 27 games. His next goal from him will be his 27th from him, which will set a career high for the Leafs star. The Devils arrived late after their 7-4 win at home against the New York Rangers on Tuesday. Prior to that game, the Devils lost three in a row, getting outscored 18-9.

LEADER POINTS

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

GP GA PTS +/-

Auston Matthews 57 46 33 79 +11

Mitch Marner 53 26 42 68 +14

William Nylander 62 23 35 58 -12

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

GP GA PTS +/-

Jesper Bratt 58 21 41 62 +2

Jack Hughes 43 21 28 49 -16

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Nico Hischier 54 17 27 44 -4

SPECIAL TEAMS

power play

TOR: 28.8% (1st)

NJ: 17.7% (27th)

Penalty kill

TOR: 84.6% (5th)

NJ: 81.1% (11th)

THREE THINGS ABOUT THE DEVILS

1. Forward Jesper Bratt has broken out in a big way with 62 points and easily will double his career high of 35, set as a rookie in 2017-18. A sixth-round pick in 2016, the 23-year-old has seven points (one goal and six assists) in nine career games against the Leafs.

2. Long gone are the heady days of Martin Brodeur in the swamps of New Jersey. The Devils have used six goalies this season, and none can stop the puck. That soon will be seven with the acquisition of Andrew Hammond from the Montreal Canadiens. The Devils’ team save percentage before Tuesday was .885, good for 31st in the 32-team NHL.

3. The Leafs outscored the Devils 13-5 in back-to-back meetings on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. Toronto scored four goals in the third to win 6-4 at Scotiabank Arena, and beat up on the Devils 7- 1 the following night in Newark.


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