Toronto Maple Leafs @ New Jersey Devils
07:00 PM at Prudential Center
Watch on: TSN4, MSGSN2

The Leafs last game was at home on April 8 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, which Toronto won by a score of 3-2 in overtime. The Leafs have a record of 45-23-9 for a 0.643 Points %.

The New Jersey Devils last played at home on April 7 against the Nashville Predators. The Devils lost by a score of 3-2 in a shootout, and their current league record is 37-36-5 for a 0.506 Points %.


One assumes a computer makes a lot of the NHL schedule. And then people get their sticky fingers on it and tinker. Beyond the general design this season for home-and-homes, sometimes separated by many days and a couple of games, there seems to have been a try at giving the Leafs a banger of a finish. Anyone could have thought a run of Devils games post deadline would be great entertainment.

The Devils are young and fast, a lot like the Leafs were in 2018, and the once young Leafs are now grizzled veterans of 25 and 26 who have been sobered up by playoff losses. The matchup is ideal. Not the first time some goalies got together and destroyed a narrative.

We learned about the Devils the last game, and little has changed. They are dangerous offensively, get by on defence, and Jake Allen is on a hot streak, but their early goaltending destroyed their playoff chances. Allen has looked a little less like a starter lately, although he appears to have been the sole reason they even got to a shootout in their last game.

They recalled Akira Schmid today to backup likely starter Allen, and Jack Hughes is out with an injury.


Amanda Stein via Daily Faceoff

Shane Bowers - Nico Hischier - Jesper Bratt
Timo Meier - Erik Haula - Alexander Holtz
Ondrej Palat - Tomas Nosek - Dawson Mercer
Brian Halonen - Chris Tierney - Nolan Foote

Luke Hughes - John Marino
Kevin Bahl - Brendan Smith
Jonas Siegenthaler - Simon Nemec

Jake Allen - assumed starter
Akira Schmid


With this game a back-to-back with travel, expect only late breaking news on roster changes. The options, assuming no one is newly healthy who wasn't yesterday, are Nick Robertson and Noah Gregor on offence and Conor Timmins on defence.


Last Game (04/08) via Daily Faceoff

Tyler Bertuzzi - Auston Matthews - Max Domi
Bobby McMann - John Tavares - Mitchell Marner
Matthew Knies - Pontus Holmberg - William Nylander
Connor Dewar - David Kämpf - Ryan Reaves

Morgan Rielly - Ilya Lyubushkin
Simon Benoit - Jake McCabe
Mark Giordano - T.J. Brodie

Joe Woll - assumed starter
Ilya Samsonov or Martin Jones

The Game

Motivation for the Leafs to win:

The Devils aren't formally eliminated, but they are out of contention. You never know how hard a team like that will pretend, though.

Consider this your preview and GDT. We'll update with the Leafs roster at game time.

Go Leafs Go!