LGD – Goalzak to the Rescue

Ever since the consecutive debacles against the Sabres and Predators, the Leafs have been world beaters. They’ve won four of their last five games, their only blemish being an overtime loss to the Penguins. They’ve also scored at least three goals in all of those games, including five or more in three of those games.

The Devils have been trending in the opposite direction, having lost seven of their last eight games. Their one win came against – guess who – the Oilers. So basically, that doesn’t even count. All these losses have the Devils stuck in 12th in the conference, seven points back of the Leafs for the second wildcard spot. They also sit 20th in Leafs Nation writer Dom Luszczyszyn’s personal power rankings made with his unique stat, POP.

Judging by everything above, one has to think the Leafs will run away with it tonight. But since when does anything go as planned for any Toronto sports team? Or maybe Tyler Goalzak will continue his dominance. 

THE LEAFS

Projected Lines via DailyFaceoff.com

van Riemsdyk – Goalzak- Kessel

Lupul -Kadri – Santorelli

Winnik – Holland – Clarkson

Booth – Smith – Panik

Phaneuf – Franson

Gardiner- Holzer

Rielly – Robidas

Notes: Uncle Leo is still out after receiving that hit from Ovechkin. He did take part in the morning skate so a return could be on the horizon.

THE DEVILS

Projected Lines via DailyFaceoff.com

Cammalleri – Henrique – Brunner

Zubrus – Gomez -Ryder

Ruutu – Josefson – Bernier

Tootoo – Gionta – Helgeson

Greene – Seversen

Harrold – Zidlicky

Merrill – Gelinas

Notes: Jagr, Elias and Larsson are all out for this one. Jagr took a hit to the head from Robert Bortuzzo but the Devils are insisting it’s not a concussion. Instead, they’re just calling it dehydration.

STARTING GOALIES

Jonathan Bernier will be getting his seventh consecutive start for the Leafs. Sorry Reims.

Cory Schneider will be starting for the 25th time in 26 games. Fun fact, I just had him on my Hockey Ultimate Team but he got a grand total of zero starts. Also sold him for 7000 pucks after buying him for 5000.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

  • Goalzak to score again. He has six goals in his last four games and the Leafs are rolling. Ride Tyler while he’s hot
  • Schneider’s legs to fall off probably. He’s on pace for 79 starts this year . . . wut
  • Devils to struggle offensively. They’re missing Elias and Jagr and have Scott Gomez as their second line centre. That’s a disaster. 
    • Nate

      As much as I laughed at that, I still am liking Clarkson. He’s really turned it up this year. Then again, he probably couldn’t have gotten worse so…

      Loved the quote about the win against the Oilers not even really counting 😛

  • Steven, I sadly have to give you an F for this attempt at sports journalism. Yesiree come on like a delusional young leaf fan who has seen one playoff series in is whole elementary and high school years. Start talking about how great the leafs are and how bad New Jersey is. Yep at this moment 5 to 2 for the Devils which puts this terrible team 5 points behind the leafs. Steven you have to learn you don’t crow about a club when they are 4 or 5 games above 500. Check the schedule Stevie, there is the one quarter of the season when they play 16 out of 20 on the road how do you think that will work out.

    Yep you got it Steven, another under 85 point total for the 8th consecutive year.

    Your home work assignment is to watch a winning team for the next month, namely the Raptors. You might learn something about winning.