Toronto Maple Leafs vs New Jersey Devils -10/1/2019 – Game Day Preview & Recap

Time: Thursday, January 10th , 2019

Toronto: 27-13-2 for 56 points

New Jersey: 16-19-7 for 39 points

After a terrible loss to the Nashville Predators on Monday, the Leafs look to get back in the winning column against the New Jersey Devils whom they’ve had great success against this season.

Top Scorers/Goalie Matchup

Mitch Marner – 55 points (15 goals 40 assists)

John Tavares – 47 points (27 goals 20 assists) 54% on face-offs

Morgan Rielly – 45 points (13 goals 32 assists)

Auston Matthews – 39 points (20 goals 19 assists) 51% on Face-off

 

Taylor Hall–37 points (11 goals 26 assists)

Kyle Palmieri – 36 points (20 goals 16 assists)

Nico Hischier – 29 points (12 goals 17 assist)

Travis Zajac – 24 points (10 goal 14 assists)

 

Michael Hutchinson

2-3-2 3.49GAA .878SV%

Keith Kincaid

13-12-6 3.07GAA .898SV%

 

Probable Lineups:

Lineups:

Toronto:

Andreas Johnsson – Auston Matthews – Kasperi Kapanen

Mitch Marner – John Tavares – Zach Hyman

Patrick Marleau – Nazem Kadri – William Nylander

Connor Brown – Pars Lindholm – Frederik Gauthier

 

Morgan Rielly  – Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner – Nikita Zaitsev

Travis Dermott – Igor Ozhiganov

 

Michael Hutchinson

Kasimir Kaskisuo

Scratched: Justin Holl & Martin Marincin

Injuries: Nathan Horton (Back), Frederik Andersen (Groin), Garrett Sparks (Concussion), Tyler Ennis (Leg)

Suspension: None

 

New Jersey:

Jesper Bratt – Nico Hischier– Kyle Palmieri

Miles Wood – Travis Zajac– Blake Coleman

Blake Pietila– Pavel Zacha– Stefan Noesen

Brian Boyle – Brett Seney–Garrett Stafford

 

Andy Greene –Damon Severson

Sami Vatanan – Steve Santini

Will Butcher – Ben Lovejoy

 

Keith Kincaid

Cam Johnson
Scratched: None
Injuries: Corey Schneider, Marcus Johansson, Taylor Hall, & MacKenzie Blackwood
Suspension: None

Keys to Winning against Nashville:

  1. Everything to the net
    1. Kincaid has struggled, put everything on net and get to the dirty places to get rebounds.
  2. Speed
    1. Speed have to use it force the defence back. Force the Devils strong offensive players to play top notch defence
  3. Kasperi Kapanen
    1. Kapanen is not seeing any powerplay time, over the likes of Johnsson, Nylander, Marleau, Kadri yet has been the better player all season. In fact he has been demoted and still has shown that even when he doesn’t score he shows up every night

Gameday:

First Period:

New Jersey Penalty – 01:54 – Brett Seney, 2 minutes for Boarding

New Jersey Penalty – 04:05 – Ben Lovejoy, 2 minutes for Roughing

Toronto Penalty – 04:05 – John Tavares, 2 minutes for Slashing

Toronto Goal – 04:30 – Ron Hainsey (4) from Zach Hyman (9) and Connor Brown (13)

Toronto Goal – 07:21 – John Tavares (28) from Jake Gardiner (22)

Toronto Penalty – 12:16 – Patrick Marleau, 2 minutes for Tripping

Toronto Goal – 19:53 – John Tavares (29) assisted by Morgan Rielly (33) and Mitch Marner (41)
End of 1st – TOR –3        NJD – 0

Shots              15                   8

Faceoffs     13/23              10/23

Hits               3                     5

PP                 0/1                  0/1

 

Analysis

Zach Hyman inserted back into the lineup after returning from injury and he makes a difference already with his hard forecheck and his ability to dig pucks out. John Tavares steps up to score 2 goals in the first as the Leafs dominate the Devils in the opening frame.

Need to Do:

Don’t take your foot off the gas pedal. Keep applying the pressure.

Second Period:

Toronto Penalty – 09:36 –Igor Ozhiganov, 2 mins for Hooking

New Jersey Goal–16:07 – Blake Coleman (14), assisted by Andy Greene (11)  and Miles Wood (10)

New Jersey Goal–16:33 – Brian Boyle (12), assisted by Blake Pietilla (1)

Toronto Penalty – 19:46 –Travis Dermott, 2 mins for Hooking

New Jersey Penalty – 19:46 –Miles Wood, 2 mins for Tripping

End of 2nd – TOR– 3          NJD – 2

Shots              28                   26

Faceoffs       25/54              29/54

Hits              8                       7

PP                 0/1                  0/2

Analysis:

Leafs dominate most of the 2nd but take their foot off the gas pedal. Michael Hutchinson let’s in a goal that he needed to control the rebound on but the Leafs still ahead 3-2.

 

Need to Do:

Pressure the defence don’t sit back play in the offensive zone

Third Period:

Leafs EN Goal–19:38 – Mitchell Marner (16), assisted by John Tavares (21)

End of 3rd – TOR – 4       NJD – 2

Shots             43                   29

Faceoffs     37/78                41/78

Hits               9                         15

PP                0/1                   0/2

 

Analysis:

Leafs played a solid 3rd period didn’t give the Devils too  much to make a comeback off of.

Next Up:

Boston (25-14-4 54pts) vs Toronto (28-12-2 58pts)

Philadelphia (16-22-6 38pts) at New Jersey (16-20-7 39pts)

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