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Game Preview: Devils vs. Maple Leafs

The cold streak continues, can the Devils end it in this game?

Toronto Maple Leafs v New Jersey Devils
Taylor Hall skating against the Maple Leafs, where the Devils won last year to win a playoff spot.
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Game: New Jersey Devils (6-6-1) vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs (10-5-0 SBNation; Pension Plan Puppets)

The Time: 7:00 PM EST

The Broadcast: MSG+

Terrible: The New Jersey Devils, fresh off a wonderful win against the Penguins, gave up a game they could have won against a Senators team in the midst of a scandal. Not only were they beaten, there were destroyed 7-3. It was a terrible game, Mark Stone and Colin White scoring two goals each, and Magnus Paajarvi, Ryan Dzingel and Thomas Chabot scoring the others for the Senators. The Devils were off to a quick 2-0 lead in the first, with goals from Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri. Then, it all just crashed. Travis Zajac scored a goal, but the game was lost shortly after. The Devils need to bounce back against this Maple Leafs team, or face another embarrassing.

Dominant Leafs: A dominant Maple Leafs team was outplayed by the Golden Knights, but came out with a win nonetheless. Frederik Andersen stood strong, with 36 saves on 37 shots. Cody Eakin was the only scorer for the Golden Knights, while Connor Brown, Nazem Kadri and Mitchell Marner scoring for the Maple Leafs. That gives them 10 wins on the year. Mitch Marner leads the team in goals, with 19 points in 15 games. Morgan Rielly, John Tavares, and the injured Auston Matthews are the other players with over a point per game rate. In terms of depth scoring, Kaspari Kapanen, Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau can score on any given night. This is a dangerous team, and the Devils will need to play with their A game to beat them.

Changes Needed?: This cold streak has brought question as to whether a new tactic needs to be used, or if changes in the lineup should occur. Depth scoring has been a problem for the Devils, with Travis Zajac, Blake Coleman and Brian Boyle being the only other reliable depth scorers. Players such as Miles Wood, Marcus Johansson, and JS Dea need to step up, and help this team with depth scoring.

Changes: Jesper Bratt gets slotted into the lineup, while Eddie Lack gets put in waivers. Stefan Noesen may play, but more will be updated later.

So: What are your thoughts? Who will win? Who will score? Let me know in the comments below, and take care.