The Toronto Maple Leafs
spent Sunday shaking up their roster -- now they get set to take the ice for the first time since acquiring defenseman Dion Phaneuf
and goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere
, with their matchup against the New Jersey Devils
one of nine games on the NHL schedule for Tuesday night.
The Leafs will field a much different roster from the one that suffered a 5-4 overtime loss to the Devils at the Prudential Center last Friday. They sent Niklas Hagman
, Matt Stajan
, Jamal Mayers
and Ian White
to Calgary in the deal for Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjostrom
and Keith Aulie
, as well as dealing Vesa Toskala
and Jason Blake
to Anaheim for Giguere, a former Conn Smythe Trophy and Stanley Cup winner.
Faceoff at the Air Canada Centre is scheduled for shortly after 7 p.m. ET.
Two other games get under way at the same time: The Washington Capitals
look to extend their winning streak to 11 straight as they pay a visit to the slumping Boston Bruins
, while the Atlanta Thrashers
host the Tampa Bay Lightning
in a battle of Southeast Division teams that hang right on the periphery of the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
The Vancouver Canucks
make the second stop on their marathon, 14-game road trip as they take on the Montreal Canadiens
at 7:30 p.m. The Canucks lead the Northwest Division while the Canadiens will begin life without leading goal-scorer Mike Cammalleri
, out 6-8 weeks with a knee injury.
At 8 p.m., the Nashville Predators
welcome in the Phoenix Coyotes
, while the Dallas Stars
are home to the Minnesota Wild
The Colorado Avalanche
look to snap a three-game losing streak with the Columbus Blue Jackets
coming to town for a 9 p.m. start.
Staying up late is worth a hockey fan’s while, as a pair of intriguing matchups face off at 10:30 p.m. The New York Rangers
, fresh off acquiring Olli Jokinen
and Brandon Prust
from Calgary for Ales Kotalik
and Christopher Higgins
, shoot for a second straight win as they face the Los Angeles Kings
, who return home after sweeping a five-game road trip. Also, the Detroit Red Wings
visit the League-leading San Jose Sharks
, looking to take over sole possession of the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.