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Game Day: A new jersey vs New Jersey

The first next-gen game that keeps the kids up past their bedtime.

New Jersey Devils v Toronto Maple Leafs
Name that Maple Leaf!
Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images

Hello Toronto Maple Leafs fans!

Today is the re-scheduled “Next Gen Game” that was supposed to happen on December 23rd before more games were postponed and whatnot.

New Jersey Devils at Toronto Maple Leafs
7:00PM - Scotiabank Arena
TV: Sportsnet
Other Guys: In Lou We Trust

The Maple Leafs will be sporting new jerseys, designed in a collaboration with Justin Biebers “Drew” clothing line, and are pretty sharp looking and as a bonus, they can be worn inside out.

I’m not usually a fan of black jerseys, but you know, the blue really pops on this and it’s not another variant of blue jersey with white stripes. It’s a black jersey with blue stripes. Very different.

Them

The New Jersey Devils are a bottom ten team just trying to run out the clock. Currently 27th overall, the Devils are hoping to be near the end of a rebuild around Jack Hughes soon and back into the playoff picture. For now, all they’ll be doing is trying to play spoiler and take wins away from playoff bound teams. They’ve only won home games in March but those wins included teams like the Avalanche, Rangers, and Ducks. They haven’t won a road game in a month; they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-1 on February 24th.

The biggest worry about this game is the fact that the Leafs tendency play down to bottom feeding teams level.

Lines

Yegor Sharangovich - Jack Hughes - Dawson Mercer
Tomas Tartar - Nico Hischier - Jesper Bratt
Andreas Johnsson - Jesper Boqvist - Jimmy Vesey
Mason Geertsen - Michael McLeod - Nathan Bastian

Jonas Siegenthaler - Dougie Hamilton
Ryan Graves - Damon Severson
Ty Smith - PK Subban

Jon Gillies
Nico Dawes

Injured: Miles Wood, Jonathan Bernier, Mackenzie Blackwood, Janne Kuokkanen, Pavel Zacha

Ex-Leafs to worry about: Jimmy Vesey, Andreas Johnsson

US

Oh, those Maple Leafs.

Recently they’ve beaten the Stars and Hurricanes and then lost easily to the Sabres and Predators. What a wacky team. Tonight though, we hope they play a little harder because it’s the debut game for newest Maple Leafs Mark Giordano and Colin Blackwell. Don’t mess this up Leafs.

Lines

Michael Bunting - Auston Matthews - Mitch Marner
Alexander Kerfoot - John Tavares - William Nylander
Ilya Mikheyev - David Kämpf - Pierre Engvall
Wayne Simmonds - Jason Spezza - Colin Blackwell

Morgan Rielly - Ilya Lyubushkin
TJ Brodie - Justin Holl
Mark Giordano - Timothy Liljegren

Petr Mrázek
Erik Källgren

Injured: Jake Muzzin, Jack Campbell, Rasmus Sandin, Ondřej Kaše

Potential Milestones:

  • Pierre Engvall needs one point to get his 50th career point
  • Mark Giordano needs one goal to hit 150
  • If Petr Mrázek gets a shutout it will be his 25th all time [editor’s note: and we all faint dead away]

Preview numbers

Preview Stats

Toronto Team Tampa
Toronto Team Tampa
3-3 Series 3-3
23GF - 21GA - +2 Goal Differential 21GF - 23GA - -2
16% - 11th Power Play 22.6% - 7th
77.4% - 10th Penalty Kill 84% - 6th
Auston Matthews - 4 Most Goals Colton, Palat - 3
Mitch Marner - 5 Most Assists Nikita Kucherov - 6
Auston Matthews - 8 Most Points Nikita Kucherov - 8
Ilya Lyubushkin - 18 Most PM Jan Rutta - 17
TJ Brodie - 22:44 TOI Leader Victor Hedman - 25:45
Jack Campbell - .893sv% Starting Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy - .885sv%

Get ready for a game full of music I don’t know, cartoons, Bieber, and everything that makes people cranky.

7:00!

Go Leafs Go!