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On to hell… oh wait, we’ve been here all week! Getting set for Sunday

The Leafs travel to New Jersey to take on the Devils Sunday night, and boy is this team in trouble.

Since a promising 2-1-0 California swing last week, the Buds have lost four straight, all in regulation, all massively important games. The Leafs now have a 42.4% probability of making the playoffs, which is pathetic considering they had sole control of third place in the Eastern Conference just 10 days ago.

Queue Brian Burke:


Okay, it’s not that bad yet. The Leafs still have firm control of their own destiny and this team has proven that, although inconsistent, they are capable of digging themselves out of a hole and playing with the league’s best.

The turnaround needs to start Sunday night, and a big reinforcement has arrived.

Dave Bolland returned Saturday night from a 56 game absence due to a severed tendon. He is nowhere near 100%, and it’s unlikely he will get to over 85% before next season. But he can still help. Bolland played just over nine minutes Saturday night (he usually plays around 16), and finished -1. He did however win seven of his eight faceoffs and make three hits. He’ll get better and better down the stretch.

Jonathan Bernier has been practicing but will not play versus New Jersey. Do the Leafs give James Reimer another shot to pick up the slack? Or, do they try out Drew MacIntyre, who’s played well for the Marlies this season (25-15-3, .919 SV%, 2.47 GAA). Although Reimer has not been playing well, he does not deserve the wholehearted bashing for the Leafs struggles that fans and even the Head Coach have placed on him. Idiots are even harassing his wife on Twitter for his poor play. That’s just sick, gutless and shameful.

The Leafs need to pick it up and every department: scoring, defense, goaltending, coaching, and this is the time to start against a struggling Devils squad.

Leafs @ Devils - Prudential Center, Newark NJ - 7:00 p.m. - Leafs TV - TSN 1050

Record

Toronto (36-28-8) 80 points

New Jersey (30-28-13) 73 points

Last 5 games

1-4-0, outscored 18-13

1-4-0, outscored 17-9

Head to Head

TOR lead season series 2-0-0

Two shootout losses to Leafs

Players to watch

Phil Kessel - 72 GP – 75 PTS

JVR – 70 GP – 56 PTS

Jaromir Jagr – 71 GP – 60 PTS

Patrick Elias – 56 GP – 48 PTS

In Goal

James Reimer (11-12-1)

.910 SV%, 3.32 GAA

Cory Schneider (13-14-9)

.914 SV%, 2.14 GAA

Playoff push

Hold Wild Card spot by 1 pt

6 points behind Wild Card

Road / Home

14-15-7 on the road

17-16-7 at home

Last Game

Lost 4-3 Sat night to MTL

Shutout 2-0 Sat night to NYR

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