New Jersey Devils vs Toronto Maple Leafs – Game 2 of 3 – January 12, 2014
Devils (19-18-9) TV – MSG
Maple Leafs (21-20-5) TV – LEAF
When the New Jersey Devils and Toronto Maple Leafs got together for the first time this season on November 8, the two teams were going in opposite directions.
After the Devils lost in OT, they fell to 4-7-5 and only had 13 points on the season. Toronto was a respectable 11-5-0 but has recently begun to fall apart.
The Leafs have now dropped to a 3-way tie for 4th place in the wild card race and technically stand in 6th after tiebreakers. Toronto’s current 4-game losing streak has seen them miss out on a total of 8 possible points that could have boosted their wild card standing. Instead, they let all of the other Eastern Conference teams catch up and now the New York Rangers have stolen their spot going into today.
The Devils, on the other hand, came away from their 3-game homestand with 8 points out of a possible 9. They now have 47 on the season and are involved in the 3-way tie for 4th place. They stand in 5th after tiebreakers with the Carolina Hurricanes holding the 4th spot.
If the New York Rangers lose to the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, the winner of this game will jump into a tie with the Rangers for the last playoff spot. Carolina and the 3rd-place Ottawa Senators have the day off.
Cory Schneider will start for the third straight time tonight as he tries to inch closer to NHL .500 this season. He is currently 7-9-5. His goals-against average is currently tied for fourth in the NHL with Ben Scrivens of the Los Angeles Kings at 1.97.
Michael Ryder‘s goal streak has now hit 4 games with last night’s goal against the Florida Panthers. In that streak he has a +3 rating and 14 shots with 1 power-play goal. His splits are a little interesting with Ryder earning half of his points in wins this season and the other half in losses.
He has far more goals in losses this season. He has 11 goals and 1 assist in losses compared to 5 goals and 7 assists in wins. In 24 road games this season, Ryder has 8 goals and 5 assists with a -7 rating.
On the road, the Devils are 9-12-3 while the Leafs are 14-10-1 at home this season. The Devils are 5-3-2 in their last 10 while the Leafs, despite their recent struggles, are only 4-4-2 in their last 10.
In regards to Atlantic vs. Metropolitan, the Leafs are 6-8-2 against the Metropolitan Division and the Devils are 6-4-2 against the Atlantic Division.
Stats courtesy of ESPN.com and NHL.com.
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