GDT: Devils at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Leafs TV)

GDT: Devils at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Leafs TV)

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TORONTO, ON- NOVEMBER 8 - Leafs Phil Kessell (81) scores first goal of the game as the Toronto Maple Leafs take on theNew Jersey Devils at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, November 8, 2013. David Cooper/Toronto Star

Four straight regulation losses to teams below them in the Eastern Conference standings, knocking them out of a wildcard spot, have the Maple Leafs at an all time low in the Randy Carlyle era. Here’s another team nearby in the East the Leafs need to be able to beat in the Devils, who are tied with the Maple Leafs with 47 points through 46 games. Like the Rangers and Islanders earlier in the week, the Devils are coming into the ACC in the second game of a back to back (beat the Panthers in OT last night).

Compounding the Leafs‘ issues, it sounds like a group of Leaf players are suffering from either the flu or food poisoning. Either a team dinner took place with some bad chicken present or the brown bottle flu has spread after a shaker at Phil and Tyler’s last night.

Jonathan Bernier is expected to start again for the Leafs. No word yet on whether Paul Ranger steps in or if the defence remains the same. 

TML Lines
JVR-Bozak-Kessel
Raymond-Kadri-Lupul
Kulemin-McClement-Clarkson
D’Amigo-Ashton-Orr

Gunnarsson – Phaneuf
Gleason – Franson
Gardiner – Rielly

Bernier

IR: Bolland, Smith

NJD Lines
Zubrus – Zajac – Jagr
Clowe – Henrique – Ryder
Carter – Gionta – Bernier
Boucher – Sislo – Gelinas

Green – Fayne
Salvador – Volchenkov
Merrill – Zidlicky

Schneider

IR: Elias, Brunner, Larsson

1175 comments
DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

Any ref apologists today? Only gave a point to a team we're fighting for a playoff spot against.

Zep2
Zep2

Good night all. Ill sleep easier tonite

Jay31
Jay31

Ducks 1st in the league but stil have to advertise Ducks tickets

rockydundas
rockydundas

I think I've got the answer...Ozzie is wearing stilettos.

mr_hanie
mr_hanie

Boston without Seidenberg, maybe the most under-rated D man in the NHL, so maybe Leafs can sneak out a win.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

One 1/2 of my prediction is in the bag ...on to Boston for the second 1/2 

ingy56
ingy56

@Jmessih Incomplete report, but I thought Clarkson showed some game tonight yet barely played. Randy went with Jay McC instead, including a shift in bloody overtime. 

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@JmessihLmao what? Oh wait he's talking about how the Leafs only twice were able to get the puck out of their zone on the first try in the first period.

But, it should have been 3-2. Be thankful for the 1 point, we were robbed.

ingy56
ingy56

@Jmessih The game of hockey was robbed for having to watch your team DeBore.

mr_hanie
mr_hanie

@JmessihDon't worry this ref will be reviewed and he won't be in the NHL long, if he constantly screws up

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@Jmessih Now we have to hear this stupid the leafs haven;t one in regulation since 1983

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

JVR pushed Schneiders pad according to NHL network, hence disallowed.

Jay31
Jay31

@wiski None, really? Id like to know how they define i because there were at least 2 good chances in OT alone

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

I'd like to see Ranger on the bench in case these two cant put up the physicality needed.

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@Shift_Disturber1Handzus and the Hawks had a case on Sat. against the Habs too. Wasn't as bad, but still should have counted. These count during the playoffs, when they matter. Funny how that goes.

Zep2
Zep2

@Shift_Disturber1 Hes had goals called back twice, Habs and tonite. He's an authority on the subject. good call JVR

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@mr_hanie Coming back from a long western road trip as well . The 1st game back is always tough 

rustynail
rustynail

@ingy56 @Jmessih Ckarkson was good late in game but not so much early and sat cause he isn;t on PP or PK for 2nd

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

In which parallel universe should we be watching?? :)

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

Rusty, just relaying what the mouthpiece reported. NHL is never wrong, NHL is never wrong, NHL is never wrong !!!!!!! :>

Bruffins
Bruffins

@wiski @Cameron19 @reenergized 

okay so let's trade him. What can we get for a defence man that is way overpaid, can;t hit the net, lets all forwards dance around him and is a terrible leader?

Bruffins
Bruffins

@Cameron19 @wiski @reenergized 

I saw one leader on this team block a shot, pick up the puck and carry it out by himself when his team failed to do so multiple times in the final minute. That wouldn't be Phaneuf though because apparently he is terrible