The Maple Leafs will face-off against the New Jersey Devils (4-4-1) tonight at the swamp and are expected to have a solid game as this is considered a winnable contest. Martin Brodeur will be back from the IR to start in goal tonight against the Leafs. Jonus Gustavsson will be counted on in net for the 4th game in a row as James Reimer is steadily recovering from whiplash after the Brian Gionta headshot a week and a half ago in Montreal. Reimer will play backup for Gustavsson tonight but still remains questionable for tomorrows tilt against the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets.
In other, more positive news; Phil Kessel has been named the NHL’s player of the month for October after scoring 9 goals and 7 assists for 18 points in 11 games played. His play has greatly improved since he was traded to the Leafs 2.5 years ago. He has been playing a 200ft game which is a reason why he’s been the best player in the NHL so far this season. To add to the debate as to whether or not this organization has finally turned the corner, Joe Colborne of the Toronto Marlies has been named AHL player of the month for October as well. With 16 points in 9 games with 8 goals and 8 assists at a plus 5 rating, he sits atop the AHL tied for first in scoring. With Joey Crabb being named ‘player of the week’ a couple of weeks ago, coupled with Joe Colborne’s ‘POM’ award represents the successes of the Maple Leafs prospects, Dallas Eakins as the head coach of the Marlies, and of course Brian Burke.