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Preview: Maple Leafs at Devils

New Jersey forward Michael Cammalleri returns; Toronto center Auston Matthews looks to end scoring drought

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

MAPLE LEAFS (8-8-3) at DEVILS (9-6-3)

7 p.m. ET; SN1, SNE, SNO, MSG+, NHL.TV

 

Maple Leafs team scope

Toronto Maple Leafs rookie center Auston Matthews hasn't scored in 13 straight games after scoring six goals in the first six games of the season. Matthews did have four shots on goal and five steals in 20:44 of ice time in a 2-1 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Tuesday and the team isn't concerned with his scoring drought. "He's a huge threat out there all the time so people are going to respect him, which opens up ice for other guys," defenseman Jake Gardiner told TSN. Coach Mike Babcock said it's a matter of time before Matthews regains his scoring touch. "Auston's line (with Zach Hyman and William Nylander) was dominant against Carolina," Babcock said. "Lots of chances. You do good things in life, good things happen, sometimes not as quick as you want." Jhonas Enroth could make his third start of the season and first since allowing three goals on 17 shots in 26:18 before being pulled in a 7-0 loss against the Los Angeles Kings on Nov. 8. Enroth is 0-2-0 with a 4.40 goals-against average this season. The Maple Leafs play four of their next five and five of the next seven on the road, where they are 1-5-3 for the season.

 

Devils team scope

New Jersey Devils left wing Michael Cammalleri will return to the lineup on the top line after missing the past six games to be with his 5-year-old daughter, Chloe, who had pneumonia. "It got pretty severe and she had to be admitted to the hospital and that's why I originally flew back home [on Nov. 11]," Cammalleri said. "At that point the situation worsened over the next couple of days and she had to have surgery. We're very fortunate that it was successful surgery and we expect a full recovery. She recently came home from the hospital so it's good to have her home. It's your worst nightmare [as a parent], but we're fortunate that she's going to make a full recovery. I appreciate everyone's support." The Devils finished 1-3-0 on their four-game Western Conference road trip, losing three straight games for the first time this season. New Jersey is 6-0-1 at home this season; the last time the Devils started a season without a regulation loss at home through the first seven games was 1990-91 (7-0-1). The Devils finished 0-for-3 on the power play in a 4-0 loss at the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, and are 0-for-29 in the past nine games. "Let's be honest, our power play is struggling nowadays but I don't think it's bad," defenseman Yohann Auvitu said. "We're creating chances, but need to get those little rebounds into the net. It could change really quickly, and I believe it will."

 

Maple Leafs projected lineup

Leo Komarov -- Nazem Kadri -- Connor Brown

James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- Mitchell Marner

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Matt Martin -- Ben Smith -- Nikita Soshnikov

Morgan Rielly -- Nikita Zaitsev

Jake Gardiner -- Roman Polak

Martin Marincin -- Matt Hunwick

Jhonas Enroth

Frederik Andersen

Scratched: Peter Holland, Connor Carrick, Frank Corrado

Injured: Josh Leivo (lower body)

 

Devils projected lineup

Michael Cammalleri -- Travis Zajac -- PA Parenteau

Reid Boucher -- Adam Henrique -- Devante Smith-Pelly

Pavel Zacha -- Jacob Josefson -- Beau Bennett

Sergey Kalinin -- Vernon Fiddler -- Nick Lappin

Andy Greene -- Damon Severson

John Moore -- Kyle Quincey

Yohann Auvitu -- Ben Lovejoy

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Jon Merrill

Injured: Taylor Hall (left knee), Kyle Palmieri (upper body)

 

Status report

The Maple Leafs did not hold a morning skate but Babcock said after the loss against Carolina that there likely would be lineup changes. Andersen has started 10 straight games for Toronto. ... Schneider will make his 15th start; he is 5-0-3 with a 1.56 goals-against average in eight games against the Maple Leafs in his career. ... Auvitu will return to the lineup after missing three games with an upper-body injury and replace Merrill. ... Palmieri will miss his second straight game and Hynes had no update. ... Hall will miss his fifth straight game. ... The Devils assigned forward Blake Pietila to Albany of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

 

Who's hot

Van Riemsdyk, a native of Middletown, New Jersey, has four goals and 10 points in the past eight games. ... Defensemen have scored seven of 12 goals in the past five games for the Devils. 

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