New Jersey Devils


New Jersey Devils Cammalleri looks to continue warming up the ice with his recently play on the ice, as he visits the Air Canada Center in Toronto.

New Jersey Devils (14-10-3, 31 pts: 8th in Eastern Conference)
Toronto Maple Leafs (9-13-5, 23 pts: 15th in Eastern Conference)
Today, 7:30 PM on TSN4, MSG
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada

By Patrick Comia

He’s got a three-game multi-point streak going. He’s better than a point-per-game offensive weapon for the Devils this season, scoring 30 points in 27 games thus far.

So, what will Mike Cammalleri do next?

The answer is unknown, but he sure is making it fun to watch and find out.

Tonight, Cammalleri and the Devils have a little more incentive to take their game when they visit the Maple Leafs.

It is the first time they will play against Mr. Devil himself (outside of Martin Brodeur), Lou Lamoriello.

There’s no discounting, and should never be, what he has done for the organization over his 20+ years at the helm of the Devils ship.

He brought an identity and winning mentality to the organization that is today. And for that, Devils fans are eternally grateful.

But that was then, and this is now.

The Old Guard has been getting out of the way, in favor of a new brand of Devils hockey, and it’s been paying in spades.

This new atmosphere that has been felt throughout the organization is contagious and liberating to say the least.

And one player who has felt the most thus far is Cammalleri. He is 33-years-old, but playing like he was 25 again. Aside being the team’s leading point-getter, he is four points clear in assists for the team lead.

His successes with the puck have been elevating his linemates of Adam Henrique and Lee Stempniak. As New Jersey’s first line, the three have combined for 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) over their past give games. But what’s most important is that they are a consistent threat for the Devils every game.

The trio will need to be a factor again, facing the Maple Leafs that are still finding their way under new head coach Mike Babcock, with the guidance of Lamoriello as general manager.

The hot item at the Air Canada Centre has been Garret Sparks. In his three games started, he is 2-1 2.33 GAA. Sparks is coming off a 27-save victory over the St. Louis Blues, last Saturday.

Look for the Devils to come in waves and not let up on the rookie, peppering him with shots from every angle, testing if he is the real deal.

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