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Toronto eyes sixth consecutive win; New Jersey 3-8-1 in past 12 games

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

MAPLE LEAFS (20-14-4) at DEVILS (12-19-5)

7 p.m. ET; TVAS, MSG+, SNO, NHL.TV


The Game

The Toronto Maple Leafs can extend their season-long winning streak to six games when they visit the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Friday.

The Maple Leafs, who have outscored opponents 27-14 in five consecutive victories, are 7-1-0 in their past eight games, including an 8-6 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday, in which Toronto rallied after trailing 6-4 in the third period.

The Devils are 3-2-0 in their past five games following a seven-game winless streak (0-6-1). New Jersey is coming off a 7-1 win at the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, when defenseman P.K. Subban ended a 23-game goal drought and rookie center Jack Hughes scored a goal for the first time in 19 games.


Players to watch

Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner has 17 points (six goals, 11 assists), in an eight-game point streak, including five points (two goals, three assists) in the win against Carolina.

Devils forward Kyle Palmieri has four points (three goals, one assist) in his past five games. 


They said it

"Given … the logistics of travel and with a lot of our players staying here in Toronto over the break, just having one place here to get organized to get a skate, and then get out there, that would be the best thing for us, we decided. There is no ideal situation." -- Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe on holding the morning skate in Toronto on Friday

"There was a lot of emotion on the bench … and I think when everybody is dialed in and going, that's when you play good hockey. We knew what we had to do, and everyone knew his job and while we were lucky at times, we worked for it. We can build a lot off that game." -- Devils center Nico Hischier on New Jersey's 7-1 win against Chicago on Monday


Maple Leafs projected lineup

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- Mitchell Marner

Ilya Mikheyev -- John Tavares -- William Nylander

Pierre Engvall -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Kasperi Kapanen

Dmytro Timashov -- Frederik Gauthier -- Jason Spezza

Morgan Rielly -- Tyson Barrie

Jake Muzzin -- Justin Holl

Travis Dermott -- Cody Ceci

Michael Hutchinson

Frederik Andersen

Scratched: Adam Brooks, Martin Marincin

Injured: Andreas Johnsson (leg), Trevor Moore (concussion)


Devils projected lineup

Jesper Bratt -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Nikita Gusev

Miles Wood -- Jack Hughes -- Wayne Simmonds

Jesper Boqvist -- Pavel Zacha -- John Hayden

Andy Greene -- P.K. Subban

Will Butcher -- Sami Vatanen

Mirco Mueller -- Damon Severson

Mackenzie Blackwood

Gilles Senn

Scratched: Connor Carrick, Michael McLeod, Kevin Rooney

Injured: Louis Domingue (lower body), Matt Tennyson (upper body)


Status report

Moore is out indefinitely after sustaining a concussion in practice last week. ... Brooks and Marincin were recalled from Toronto of the American Hockey League on Friday. ... Zacha will be a game-time decision after sustaining an undisclosed injury in practice. ... Boqvist will play after sustaining an upper-body injury against Chicago. 

Stat pack

Matthews has nine points (five goals, four assists) in a four-game multipoint streak. ... Hyman has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past two games. ... Gusev has six assists in his past four games.

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