Three Stars: 1. Frederik Andersen 2. Nazem Kadri 3. Tyler Bozak
Tonight was New Jersey’s first regulation loss to Toronto since Apr. 15, 2013. They were 6-0-4 vs. the Maple Leafs before tonight’s game. The Devils riding a five game winning-streak at home vs. Toronto before tonight’s loss.
New Jersey is 1-1-0 vs. Toronto in 2016-17. The clubs wrap-up their season series Mar. 23 at Air Canada Centre.
The Devils are 5-6-3 vs. the Atlantic Division and are 10-10-5 against the Eastern Conference.
The Devils out-shot the Maple Leafs, 32-14, including 14-0 in the third period. New Jersey not allowing a single shot in the third period ties a franchise record (also, Oct. 29, 2002 in 3rd period of a 2-1 loss vs. Carolina & Oct. 10, 1998 in 1st period of a 2-1 loss at Chicago).
The Devils were 1-4 on the power play and are 1-21 (4.7%) with the man-advantage over the last five games.
New Jersey allowed a shorthanded goal at 13:17 of the first period. It is the sixth shorthanded goal the Devils have allowed this season.
The Devils were 1-3 on the penalty kill tonight and are 15-17 (88.2%) over the last five games.
Cory Schneider started his 300th career NHL game. He stopped two of five shots before being relieved by Keith Kinkaid with 6:50 remaining in the first period. Schneider was credited with the loss.
Kinkaid stopped eight of nine shots in 43:26 of action tonight.
P.A. Parenteau scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season on the power play at 16:36 of the third period. He has six goals over his last 10 games.
Jon Merrill scored his first goal of the season at 17:13 of the third period. It was his first goal in 48 games. He also blocked three shots tonight.
Miles Wood, Damon Severson, Adam Henrique and Devante Smith-Pelly each recorded one assist tonight.
Smith-Pelly broke his 16-game point-drought with his assist on Merrill’s marker.
Severson and Taylor Hall led the squad with five shots each.
Henrique was 13-17 (76%) in the faceoff circle tonight.