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

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  • Zep2

    On paper , Leafs win

    All we need is effort and determination . Haven’t seen much of that since NY Day though

  • mike_84

    TheCanucksnaphook what are they doing now?

  • mike_84

    Damn its only 4. still 3 hours till puck drop.

  • Jay_Berg

    Well give your head a shake for defending Carlyle

  • mike_84

    Public service announcement Helix is about to start on showtime. It was recommended by another MLHS user. I watched the first 30 mins and it seemed interesting.

  • wendelsfist

    TheCanucksnaphook Jay_Berg PPP strikes me as a debate club that focusses on  #s rather then a hockey analysis site.  I’m out of my element there both with debating and math.

  • mike_84

    TheCanucksnaphook mike_84 What no Sushi?

  • Jay_Berg

    I’m not convinced he’s a good coach. He’s a dinosaur who is living in the past. His coaching is completely out dated.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    TheCanucksnaphook GOD! now there are literally 18 wheelers going over a cliff?? WTF is GOING ON?

  • wendelsfist

    TheCanucksnaphook wendelsfist If the person you punch in the face is Carlyle they would just say you were being mean.