Leafs look to continue hot streak against slumping Devils

Posted Dec 4, 2014 by Nate Smith
The Toronto Maple Leafs seek their fifth win in six games, and third in a row, Thursday when they welcome the New Jersey Devils to the Air Canada Centre for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop.
Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) celebrates his goal with right wing Phil Kessel (81) and...
Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) celebrates his goal with right wing Phil Kessel (81) and defenseman Cody Franson (4) against the Dallas Stars at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafsbeat the Stars 3-2 in overtime
With permission by Reuters / Tom Szczerbowski-USA Today
Toronto hopes to maintain what has become a potent offensive attack of late, having scored a combined 20 goals In four wins over five games since Nov. 20, a streak that includes victories over Tampa Bay, Detroit and, most recently, against Dallas.
It's been a balanced attack, too, as at least five Leafs have logged multiple-point games in this stretch.
After a stagnant start to the year offensively, Toronto is now among the top three clubs in the entire NHL in average goals per game at 3.38.
The Devils, on the other hand, come into this game at the polar opposite end of the spectrum, losers of seven of their last eight games. New Jersey's only win in that time, was a 2-0 Nov. 21 victory over the Edmonton Oilers, a club also entrenched in an extended losing streak.
Injuries are also a factor for New Jersey, which lost Stephen Gionta Jaromir Jagr and Patrick Elias to injuries sustained Tuesday in a 1-0 shutout loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
If Toronto manages a power play, the Leafs should have a better than fare shot at keeping up their ongoing torrid scoring pace, as the Devils rank fourth from the bottom in penalty kill at about 75 percent.