The New Jersey Devils travel north and take on the Toronto Maple Leafs to finish up their back-to-back.
Tale of the Tape
Record: 23-35-5 (51 points, 7th in Metro)
The Opponent: Toronto Maple Leafs (39-18-5) – FHN Site: The Blue & White
Puckdrop: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Scotiabank Arena
Expected Goaltenders: Jon Gillies (3-10-1) vs Petr Mrazek (10-6-0)
Television Broadcasts: MSG+, SN, TVAS
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs come into tonight’s game with their struggles, specifically in net, on full display. Their most recent game, a 6-3 loss to the Nashville Predators, was a prime example of this.
Lately, rookie goaltender Erik Kallgren has been the option for Toronto with Jack Campbell’s injury, Harri Sateri being claimed off waivers by the Arizona Coyotes, and Petr Mrazek’s struggles. Kallgren allowed five goals on 33 shots against Nashville in only the third start of his young
Mrazek will be in net tonight for the Maple Leafs. The 30-year-old has had his fair share of struggles in his first season with Toronto and recently was placed on waivers by the club. Mrazek has a 10-6-0 record this season with a 3.48 GAA and .884 save percentage.
The Maple Leafs will debut their new black alternate jersey tonight against New Jersey. The new look for the 104-year-old club was designed by fan and music superstar Justin Bieber.
New Jersey Devils
The Devils are coming off yesterday’s victory against their cross-river rivals. The New York Rangers jumped out to a quick two goal lead until the Devils were able to put five goals past goaltender Igor Shesterkin in the second period.
P.K. Subban, Ryan Graves, Jesper Bratt, Nico Hischier, and Jack Hughes each recorded two points in the team’s 7-4 victory. Goaltender Nico Daws stopped 31 of 35 shots in his seventh victory of the season.
With Daws playing last night and Andrew Hammond still on injured reserve, Jon Gillies is expected to start tonight in Toronto. Gillies will be making his 15th start of the year and comes into tonight’s game with a 3-10-1 record to go with a 3.73 GAA and .887 save percentage.
Player to Watch: Nico Hischier
Hischier played a phenomenal game last night that saw him record a pair of assists including an assist on Hughes’ 100th career NHL point.
Hischier has been playing phenomenal hockey since the All-Star Game. In 20 games since February 7, the 23-year-old captain has nine goals and 11 assists.
The task for Hischier tonight will be a tall one has he will matchup often against Auston Matthews in an attempt to slow down the superstar. Look for Hischier to log heavy minutes as the team tries to sweep their back-to-back.