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Pregame Notes: 1/6 Devils vs. Maple Leafs

New Jersey Devils (16-16-7) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (17-12-8) 7:30PM • Prudential Center • MSG+ • TOJN

by James Stolfi /


Tonight is the second of three games between New Jersey and Toronto this season. The clubs will wrap-up their season series Mar. 23 at Air Canada Centre. The Devils defeated the Leafs, 5-4 SO, in their first match-up Nov. 23 at Prudential Center. The team responded by scoring four goals in the final two periods when they trailed Toronto, 3-0, after the first period.

Jacob Josefson scored the game-deciding goal for New Jersey. Yohann Auvitu tied the game with 6:50 remaining to force overtime. Michael Cammalleri had a four-point night (1g-3a) and Travis Zajac also scored three points (1g-2a).

The Devils have won their last five games vs. Toronto at Prudential Center. They have not lost in regulation against the Maple Leafs since Apr. 15, 2013 (6-0-4).

New Jersey is 5-5-3 vs. the Atlantic Division and is 10-9-5 against the Eastern Conference. The club opens its ninth of 18 sets of back-to-back games. New Jersey is 3-3-2 in first games and is 4-2-2 in second games.

At 6-0-3, Cory Schneider has not lost a game in regulation against Toronto in his career.


Michael Cammalleri was born in Toronto…Adam Henrique is from nearby Brantford, Ont…Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald played two seasons with Toronto from 2002-04…Assistant Coach Geoff Ward served as Head Coach of Edmonton's AHL affiliate in Toronto in 2003-04…Maple Leafs' General Manager Lou Lamoriello served the Devils as GM for 28 seasons from 1987-2015 & guided New Jersey to 3 Stanley Cup Championships…P.A. Parenteau was a member of the Maple Leafs for one season, 2015-16, in which he led the Maple Leafs with 20 goals…Devante Smith-Pelly was born in Scarborough, Ont…Toronto's President Brendan Shanahan was New Jersey's first choice, 2nd overall, in the 1987 Entry Draft. He played four seasons with the Devils from 1987-91 and rejoined the club midway through the 2008-09 campaign…Former Devils' Head Coach/Special Assignment Coach Jacques Lemaire is now a Special Assignment Coach for Toronto…James van Riemsdyk is from Middletown, NJ.


Cory Schneider- Could appear in his 300th career NHL game tonight.

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