DEVILS VS. MAPLE LEAFS
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.
MAPLE LEAFS CONNECTIONS
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.