Toronto Maple Leafs @ New Jersey Devils
Prudential Center; Newark, NJ
7:00 PM ET; CBC
SBN New Jersey: All About The Jersey
IT'S ALMOST OVER OH MY GOD FINALLY THIS SEASON IS ALMOST FINALLY OVER THANK GILMOUR SUNDIN BE PRAISED HOLY CRAP
Well, now that we got that out of the way, let's move on shall we?
The Leafs play the New Jersey Devils in their last game of the season, which totally makes sense. This is their first trip to New Jersey in their final game of the season, which also makes sense. Lou Lamoriello, the Devils GM from 1987 to 2015, will get a video tribute tonight. In typical Lou fashion, he ain't saying nothin:
Lamoriello will be featured in video tribute tonight in first road game back in NJ; Lou "politely declined" interview request on topic— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) April 9, 2016
Also, if one of Parenteau or Komarov don't score tonight, the Leafs will fail to have a 20-goal scorer for the first time since 1938-39. It's been a fun year.
Projected Leafs Lineup
This is bad, even for them.
Brooks Laich - Tyler Bozak - P.A. Parenteau
Colin Greening - William Nylander - Tobias Lindberg
Leo Komarov - Frederik Gauthier - Michael Grabner
Sam Carrick - Byron Froese - Brad Boyes
Morgan Rielly - Martin Marincin
Jake Gardiner - Frank Corrado
Andrew Campbell - T.J. Brennan
Projected New Jersey Lineup
The big news in New Jersey is prospect Pavel Zacha, selected 6th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, will make his NHL debut tonight:
Pavel Zacha set for NHL debut tonight ... Skating this morning on line with Elias and Smith-Pelly— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) April 9, 2016
Pavel Zacha, by the way, was born in 1997. Patrik Elias had already played 18 games for the Devils by that point. This might also be Elias' final NHL game, which spawns the question: who ACTUALLY remembered Patrik Elias still played for the Devils? I thought he retired, like, five years ago.
Patrik Elias - Pavel Zacha - Devante Smith-Pelly
Sergey Kalinin - Travis Zajac - Kyle Palmieri
Miles Wood - Adam Henrique - Tyler Kennedy
Jacob Josefson - Stephen Gionta - Tuomo Ruutu
Andy Greene - Adam Larsson
David Schlemko - Steven Santini
John Moore - Damon Severson
Yada yada yada blah blah blah; who cares?