The Rangers look for revenge against the Maple Leafs
The Rangers (6-4-2) will play the Maple Leafs (6-5-2) in an original six matchup for the second time this season, and look to improve on the 6-3 defeat they suffered at the hands of Toronto at Madison Square Garden on October 12th.
New York is coming off of an overtime victory against the Detroit Red Wings by a score of 4-3, where Rick Nash, Martin St. Louis, and Derick Brassard all scored.
Toronto last played Thursday, losing in a shootout to the Colorado Avalanche on the road, by a score of 4-3.
The Rangers have split the games they played on the road (2-2-0), while the Maple Leafs have struggled so far at home, posting a record of 3-4-0.
The Rangers will have Derek Stepan back in the lineup for the first time this season. This will also be Stapan’s first game as an alternate captain of the Rangers.
Stepan missed the first 12 games of the season with a fractured fibula he suffered during training camp.
Stepan recently said that he expects it to take some time before he gets back to the top of his game, not unlike last year where he missed all of training camp.
“Step” will skate on a line with Chris Kreider, who he played with a lot last season and has built tremendous chemistry with him, as well as Mats Zuccarello. He also will see some time on the power play, but Vigneault will not use him on the penalty kill so he can manage his minutes better.
The Rangers have played well as of late, earning at least one point in seven of their last eight games (5-1-2), as well as playing in three straight overtime contests (1-0-2).
Cam Talbot will get the start for the Rangers tonight, so Henrik Lundqvist is well rested for tomorrow night’s game tomorrow at The Garden.
This is Talbot’s third start this season, and his second this week. He is coming off of a solid effort in a shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues, where he made 31 saves on 34 shots. He has also appeared in the game against Toronto in the Rangers’ home opener, where he stopped all 12 shots that he faced.
For some reason, Talbot has played extremely well in games that he has started in Canada. In five regular season starts in Canada last season, Talbot posted a 4-0-1 record, with a .60 GAA and a .977 save percentage. He was also in the net for the Rangers 7-1 victory in Toronto last season, where he made 25 saves in the win.
Toronto is led by Phil Kessel, whose 18 points (7-11-18) are second most in the league heading into tonight’s game. The Leafs have also seen solid play from James Van Riemsdyk (5-4-9) and Tyler Bozak (5-7-12), who has at least one point in nine of the 13 games this season.
The Rangers are led by the red-hot Rick Nash, who has 10 goals this season, second most in the NHL, and also leads the Rangers in points with 13. Derick Brassard (5-6-11) will center a line of Nash and Martin St. Louis (4-6-10), who has three goals in his last two games. Nash and Brassard both scored in the first game between these two teams.
The Rangers will look for revenge after Toronto spoiled their home opener starting at 7 PM at the Air Canada Centre. The game will be televised on MSG 2.
Posted on November 8, 2014, in Game Previews and tagged Anthony Duclair, Carl Hagelin, Chris Kreider, Chris Mueller, Connor Allen, Dan Girardi, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, Detroit Red Wings, Dylan McIlrath, Henrik Lundqvist, John Moore, Kevin Hayes, Kevin Klein, King Henrik, Madison Square Garden, Marc Staal, Martin St. Louis, Mats Zuccarello, Matt Hunwick, Michael Kostka, MSG, New York Rangers, NHL, NHL 2014-2015 Season, NY Rangers, NYR, overtime winner, Rangers Nation, Rangers Season Opener, Rangerstown, Rick Nash, Ryan Malone, Ryan McDonagh, Stepan return, Stepan season debut, The Duke, The Ranger Zone, Toronto Maple LEafs. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.