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Game Preview: New Jersey Devils versus the Toronto Maple Leafs

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The New Jersey Devils need to be better versus a very good team. Well...

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at New Jersey Devils Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The Matchup: The New Jersey Devils versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. SBN Blog: Pension Plan Puppets

The Broadcast: MSG+

The Time: 7:00 PM

The Last Time the Devils and the Maple Leafs played...: The New Jersey Devils lost to the Maple Leafs 7-2. That was the game where MacKenzie Blackwood got his first shot in the NHL. So, Cam Johnson should be ready tonight, because Toronto’s offense has shown their ability to absolutely torch the Devils with superior counterattacking and skill.

Speaking of Goalies: Do not expect Frederik Anderson to play in this game. He eyes a return against Boston Saturday night, while Mike Babcock eyes a Monday return for his goaltender.

Therefore, expect Michael Hutchinson in net for the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight. It appears he is getting the starts until Andersen comes back. He's played in Toronto's last three games, going 1-2-0 with a shutout and eight goals allowed with a .915 save percentage. Including his four games with Florida this season, Hutchinson is 2-2-2 in six starts with an .878 save percentage and a 3.49 goals against average.

Keith Kinkaid, with his last game, has dropped to an .898 save percentage and has risen to a 3.07 goals against average. While the team has not played well in front of him, Kinkaid needs to be better if the Devils want to be competitive.

Injury Updates: Supposedly, Marcus Johansson and Cory Schneider have been skating on their own, and MacKenzie Blackwood at least partially joined the morning skate in Buffalo. Taylor Hall, meanwhile, may start skating soon. I doubt Hall will play tonight, and it seems Blackwood should sit another game or so. Fun.

A Gripe: What does Blake Pietila bring to the New Jersey Devils? With three points in 22 games across four seasons, I don’t care much to see him. Especially with his 30-something Corsi for percentage in three games this season, he is making it even harder on the team to be decent on the ice. Against the Maple Leafs, at home, I would like to see a move today to bring a more skilled player to the fray.

Your Thoughts: Can the Devils win tonight’s game? Is there anyone that can help these Devils? How will you react if they lose 7-2 again? Who are you watching for in tonight’s game? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.