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Pure and simple, the Toronto Maple Leafs were not deserving of the 2-0 win over the New Jersey Devils, but earned a valuable two points thanks to a stellar performance from James Reimer.
âOur goaltender stole us a hockey game,â said coach Randy Carlyle of his 25 year old netminder, who made 32 saves(including 16 in the third period) for his 17th victory and third shutout of the season....
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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Most of the Toronto Maple Leafs have no NHL playoff experience, largely because of the team’s past eight seasons of failure.
But none are particularly worried about it.
“We’re a young team, but there are a lot of guys who have played a lot even at their young age,” said forward Joffrey Lupul. “There’s a little more experience...
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Match-up - New Jersey Devils (15-16-10) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (23-13-5)
Road/Home records - 5-7-8 -------------- 12-7-2
TV - Leafs TV, MSG Plus
Puck drop - 7:00 PM ET
Season series - Maple Leafs lead 2-0
Last 10: Devils 1-5-4 / Toronto 7-1-2
Projected starting goalies - Martin Brodeur (NJ) vs. James Reimer (TOR)
Battle of the stats...
Even though I am a proponent of shot quality and the idea that the percentages matter (shooting and save percentage) puck control and possession are still an important part of the game and the Maple Leafs are dreadful at it. One of the better easily available metrics for measuring possession is fenwick percentage (FF%) which [...]The post Who are drags on the Maple Leafs possession...
Leafs winger Phil Kessel has been named one of the NHL three stars of the week.
Kessel led the NHL with five goals and tied for the League lead with seven points in three games. He scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist in a 4-3 triumph over the New York Rangers April 8. Kessel then recorded both of Toronto's goals in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Rangers...
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
A year ago, the Devils were set to embark on a run that ended in the Stanley Cup Finals. Today, we’re left to wonder what has gone wrong this season:
1. Injuries to two stars
Goalie Martin Brodeur was sidelined by a pinched nerve in his upper back and neck for most of March. He did not play in 13 straight games and the Devils went...
from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,
If you follow Hockey Night in Canada analyst Craig Simpson on Twitter, you likely know about the spooky situation Martin Brodeur has been mired in for the last three weeks.
After a month-long absence, the 40-year-old New Jersey Devils goalie returned from a pinched nerve ailment on Mar. 21, scored his third career goal and won. Two nights later...
Three Stars of the Week
1. Phil Kessel (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Toronto has been one of the surprises of the National Hockey League this season and now sit in a playoff spot after missing the postseason last year, while playing in one of the toughest divisions in the league. The veteran lethal sniper is a big reason why. Boasting a laser of a wrist shot, Kessel netted five goals...
Despite coming off one of their worst performances of the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs return home with a chance to end the league's longest playoff drought.
The New York Islanders have to like their chances of getting back to the postseason as they hit the road.
While New York's last trip to the playoffs came in 2007 - tied for the third-longest drought in the NHL ...
The New Jersey Devils knew they would have a difficult time replacing the production of Ilya Kovalchuk when the star winger went down with an injury more than three weeks ago, but few could've expected a slump like this.
Kovalchuk could be back in uniform for Thursday night's road contest versus the Philadelphia Flyers as both teams look to improve their slim playoff chances...
Brendan Shanahan discusses the hits around the boards in this educational video.