College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
The last time the Toronto Maple Leafs played the New Jersey Devils, the Leafs had a 3-1 lead with less then four minutes left in the third period, only to blow it and lose in overtime. Tonight Toronto gets a shot at revenge as they host New Jersey at the hangar. A lot has changed in Leaf-land since that tough defeat. Gone are players like Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Jason Blake and Alexei Ponikarovsky. Instead it’s all about the youth movement in TO. The first line doesn’t have another player over 24 and the entire team is the second youngest in the league. It seems to be paying off as the Leafs have won four of their last five games, including a 4-1 win over their division-rival Ottawa Senators. The Devils are coming off a big-win as well. They beat the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 for the sixth time this season. The Devils are tied with the Pens for the lead in the Atlantic division and for the second in the East. Zach Parise has continued his hot play since winning silver with the US back in the Olympics. Last night he had a goal and an assist for his fourth multi-point night this month.