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Game Notes: Rangers vs. Maple Leafs

Bobby Bevilacqua

Lundqvist save

Henrik Lundvist will start in net tonight as the Rangers play in their first game at Madison Square Garden since the Stanley Cup FInals.

The Rangers will play the Maple Leafs tonight in the first game of a four game home stand. In their first two games of the season, New York earned a split on the road (1-1-0), beating the St. Louis Blues and falling to the Columbus Blue Jackets last night.

After starting last season on a nine game road trip, the Rangers not only get to play a home game in the third game of the season, 14 of the next 19 games will be played at Madison Square Garden.

Toronto (0-2-0) lost their first two games, against the Canadiens in their season opener, and against the Penguins last night.

Tonight’s game is the first of three in the season series, and the only one the Rangers will play at home against the Rangers. New York will travel to Toronto on November 8th and again on February 10th.

Last year the Blueshirts earned 5 points out of a possible 6 while posting a 2-0-1 record against the Leafs. Two of the games were decided in overtime, and the other game was a 7-1 Rangers’ victory in Toronto.

Anthony Duclair will make his Madison Square Garden debut in the regular season after a fantastic game in Columbus. Duclair had a pair of assists and nearly scored, and was clearly one of the best forwards out on the ice.

Duclair preaseason vs Flyers

Anthony Duclair will make his regular season Madison Square Garden debut following a solid performance in Columbus, where he recorded 2 assists.

Now that he is playing in front of his family, and will have the Garden faithful chanting his name, he will most likely be full of energy and hungry for more points in the NHL. I am very excited to see what “The Duke” has in store for tonight.

Martin St. Louis has registered a point in 33 of 52 career games against the Maple Leafs, and 16 points in his last 21 contests against Toronto. He has a stat line of 18 goals and 33 assists for 51 points in his 52 career games against the Leafs.

Rick Nash has also seen success against the Maple Leafs. In 14 games against Toronto, he has 5 goals and 5 assists for a total of 10 points. Nash is coming off of a game in which he scored a goal, for a total of 3 goals on the year.

Henrik Lundqvist will be in net tonight, and James Reimer will start for Toronto.

MSG Outside

New York Rangers hockey returns to Madsion Square Garden tonight.

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