The Toronto Maple Leafs got blown out by the New York Rangers on Tuesday, and now they will get a change against a Jersey team as they visit the Devils, this Friday at 7:00 PM ET.
The 5-2 loss against the Rangers came a day after the Leafs were humiliated by the Boston Bruins 8-0 on Monday. “I wanted to hear how they felt about what was going on,” Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. “They were disappointed in the way they played”.
“This is one of the most storied franchises in the sport,” Carlyle said. “We can’t fault our fans for (their displeasure) in the way we played. They’re allowed to do that, and that’s their right.”
Toronto has lost seven of the last nine games, but the last two has been just embarrassing for the franchise. “The message is for us,” forward Matthew Lombardi said. “We’ve got to believe in ourselves here and stay positive and move forward.”
A couple of days of rest could be a good thing for them, but the upcoming schedule is brutal as they take on the Devils, then the Rangers the next night.
New Jersey is trying to hold on to a spot in the playoffs, a win against Toronto will help a lot. The Devils lost two games in a row, before beating Ottawa 1-0, with Ilya Kovalchuk’s 400th NHL goal.
“I tried to not think about it, and that’s when it’s going to go in,” Kovalchuk said of the milestone goal. “When you try too much, you’ll get a bad bounce or hit the post or something. It doesn’t really matter to me, though, because the only important hockey is in front of us in April”.
Take the Devils to win by at least two goals differential.