Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New Jersey Devils - 1/12/14
New Jersey Devils (18-18-9) at Toronto Maple Leafs (21-20-5)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -136 / New Jersey Devils +124 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Devils look to extend Toronto’s futility streak to five on Sunday as the clubs clash at the Air Canada Centre.
New Jersey has had to endure a number of hardships over the past few seasons when it comes to players leaving the team as former captain Zach Parise fled to Minnesota at the beginning of last season while Ilya Kovalchuk bolted back to Russia at the beginning of the season. With the exception of maybe the Nashville Predators no team has endured more significant losses to their roster over the past couple of seasons and with Martin Brodeur likely on his way out at the end of the year this will quickly become the Corey Schneider show. The Devils surprisingly have played relatively well at times this year and in the mess that is the Metropolitan division they find themselves just three points back of the second place Capitals. New Jersey is loaded with veterans as they’re one of the oldest teams in the league and while that may serve useful in the postseason they have to worry about getting there first. The Devils have won back to back games and have a chance to push Toronto’s losing ways to five with a win on the road tonight.
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The Maple Leafs have hit a speed bump after their emotional shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings at the Big House in Ann Arbor and New Year’s Day and since moving back indoors they have yet to record a point in losing four straight. The Buds have looked very sloppy and are giving up goals in bunches but have an opportunity to right the ship with a solid effort back on home ice against the Devils. Toronto currently sits in sixth place in the Atlantic division and are tied with the Devils with 47 points through 46 games heading into tonight’s contest and you can be sure both teams would love a confidence boosting victory. Toronto to me is still a much better team than the Devils as they have more offensive depth and better special teams but the Devils are a tricky team as they have a ton of middle of the pack talents that come together to put up some sneaky wins. While it might come back to bite us I think this is the spot the Leafs rebound and come away with two points on home ice.