Injury-plagued Devils hope to avoid third straight loss

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Toronto (3-3-3) at New Jersey (5-2-1), 7:30 pm EDT

NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) -- While the New Jersey Devils have

as many key injuries as losses, their hot start is slowly


The injury-stricken Devils will be without three of their top

six forwards once again when they try to snap a two-game losing

streak on Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Brian Rolston (high right ankle sprain) and Bobby Holik

(fractured right pinkie) were placed on injured reserve on

Monday, retroactive to the dates of their respective injuries.

Rolston was injured on October 16 in Atlanta; Holik went down

two days later in Washington.

Captain Jamie Langenbrunner will also be a scratch due to a

lower body bruise suffered in Friday's 6-3 loss to the

Philadelphia Flyers. He did not practice on Tuesday.

Since their offense has taken such a hit, there will be more

pressure will be placed on goaltender Martin Brodeur, who needs

nine wins to break Patrick Roy's all-time NHL record of 551.

New Jersey, which starts a four-game home stretch, opened the

season 5-1-0, but fell to the Flyers twice in a home-and-home

series over the weekend.

Toronto is coming off a 3-2 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning

on Tuesday.

Matt Stajan and defenseman Mike Van Ryn each netted power-play

goals for the Maple Leafs. Goaltender Vesa Toskala played well,

turning aside 22 shots. He has allowed nine goals in his last

five games after giving up 12 in his first three.

Toskala has never beaten the Devils, going 0-3-0 with a 3.06

goals-against average.



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