New Jersey Devils @ Toronto Maple Leafs: Gamethread #42

This is the gamethread for tonight's game between the New Jersey Devils and the Toronto Maple Leafs. This is a post where users can discuss what happens before, during, and after the game until the recap is up.

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The Time: 7:00 PM EST

The Broadcast: MSG+; Radio - 970 AM WNYM

The Matchup: The New Jersey Devils (15-16-10) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (23-15-5)

The Game Previews: John's preview from earlier this morning is right here. For the opposition's point of view, please check out Pension Plan Puppets.

The Song for Tonight: 666 by Anvil. Toronto thrash metal circa 1982...which as we all know was a vintage year for metal, fledgling hockey teams and even a fine merlot or two. Perhaps the incantation of the lyrics in 666 will finally bring forth win 667 for a certain familiar old demon?

Gameday Info: As Tom Gulitti reported earlier today: Birthday boy Ilya Kovalchuk will miss his 10th game in a row with a shoulder injury and team captain Bryce Salvador will sit out again with a bruised wrist. The Devils lineup for this evening will match the game from Friday night against the Sens including Martin Brodeur in net once again looking for win number 667. The Toronto Maple Leafs come into tonight's battle with an impressive 7-1-2 record in their last 10 games played. Phil Kessel has five goals and three assists in his last four games and leads the Leafs in points (42) with Nazem Kadri close behind (41).

The Reminder of Rules: This is a place where you can comment about this game before, during, and after it's played before the recap is up. This is a place where we primarily discuss the Devils game. An odd mention of other NHL games is OK, but it shouldn't dominate discussion. All comments will be clean, respectful of each other, relevant to the game, and legal (read: no streams). Please refrain from super-big pictures to keep the gamethread moving for everyone. If you do post pictures make sure to post a title in the comment. No .GIFs shall be posted...so it is written so it is the law.

John will provide commentary here and through @InLouWeTrust throughout the game. Let's go Devils!!!

The Please Visit Stanley Cup of Chowder Postscript: I'm not JT, I'm John and I have an important postscript. Given the horrific attack at the Boston Marathon earlier today, the Bruins-Senators game has been postponed. In a spot of solidarity, the Stanley Cup of Chowder gamethread is open for all games. (Update #1: Link now goes to the second open thread.) Please check it out to give your well wishes and discuss today's game or any other game there. If you're interested in being here as usual, then that's fine too.

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