[7:09 PM] Maple Leafs @ Devils

Who will WIN this matchup?

Toronto Maple Leafs (8-8-3)

@ New Jersey Devils (9-6-3)


Starting Goalies:

Frederik Andersen (TOR): Unconfirmed

Cory Schneider (NJ): Confirmed


After coming up empty in California, the New Jersey Devils return to the comforts of home to host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. New Jersey kicked off its four-game road trip in fine fashion, topping Dallas in overtime on Nov. 15, but fizzled on the West Coast as it was outscored 11-4 in losses at Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose.

The Maple Leafs have produced fewer than two tallies in four of their last eight games and scored six in each of the other four matches. Jake Gardiner has recorded two goals in his last three games and four overall this season, matching the total of the rest of the team’s defensemen.

The road has not been kind to Toronto this season, as the club is just 1-5-3 away from Air Canada Centre and has registered only one goal in four of its last five games as the visitor while netting two in the lone victory in that span. Leading scorer James van Riemsdyk (eight goals, 17 points) has been kept off the scoresheet in consecutive games for the first time this season after notching four tallies and two assists in his previous two contests.

New Jersey hopes to get its 28th-ranked power play in gear after going 0-for-29 over its last nine games. The Devils are just 7-for-59 (11.9 percent) with the man advantage, and three of the goals have been scored by Taylor Hall, who is out as he recovers from knee surgery. The club also could be without Kyle Palmieri, who has tallied once on the power play, as the veteran forward sat out Monday’s loss to the Sharks with upper-body soreness.

It is unknown when New Jersey LW Mike Cammalleri will return to the team from a personal issue that has kept him away for the last five games.


StreakSmarts Pick: New Jersey Devils

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick