It’s a difficult afternoon to concentrate on hockey, so this New Jersey Devils/Toronto Maple Leafs “preview” post will just be a few numbers and line combinations rather than any pontificating spiel about roster decisions or optimization.
TV: Leafs TV
Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EDT
By The Numbers:
|Corsi Tied %||52.4% (7th)||45.6% (25th)|
|5v5 GF/GA Ratio||.81 (26th)||1.12 (9th)|
|Team Shooting %||6.34%||10.77%|
|Team Save %||0.912||0.925|
|PP Success||15.7% (22nd)||18.2% (14th)|
|5v4 GF/60||5.04 (20th)||6.26 (14th)|
|5v4 SF/60||50.4 (9th)||44.7 (20th)|
|PK Success||81.1% (18th)||87.6% (3rd)|
|4v5 GA/60||6.06 (16th)||4.36 (3rd)|
|4v5 SA/60||37.5 (2nd)||39.8 (5th)|
|EV SV%||Quality Start Rate||Starts||Quality Starts|
The short season and an untimely injury to Ilya Kovalchuk could mean the New Jersey Devils will be the best team to ever miss the playoffs.
Patrik Elias – Travis Zajac – Steve Sullivan
David Clarkson – Adam Henrique – Dainius Zubrus
Alexei Ponikarovsky – Andrei Loktoinov – Matt D’Agostini
Steve Bernier – Ryan Carter – Stephen Gionta
Andy Greene – Mark Fayne
Marek Zidlicky – Henrik Tallinder
Adam Larsson – Peter Harrold
via Left Wing Lock
Per Randy Carlyle, Joffrey Lupul is available for the Leafs tonight. We should know by warm up whether or not he’s back in the lineup. I don’t think it’s a boost the Leafs need at this point. They have a lot of scoring right now and would clinch a playoff spot if they managed just five points in their last seven games. I get you don’t want to take your foot off the gas pedal, but I don’t think they should take chances with head injuries of any kind.
Any members of Leafs Nation in or around Boston today, stay safe. Every other member of Leafs Nation… you guys stay safe as well. Full recap as scheduled after the game.