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Preview: The Rangers roll into Toronto

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The Leafs can’t be getting caught up in holiday plans just yet, they have a game to win.

NHL: New York Rangers at Toronto Maple Leafs Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs vs New York Rangers

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: The arena named after the bank who must be richer than we think.

Broadcast/Streaming: HNIC on CBC, free but geoblocked on CBC.ca, Sportsnet, Sportsnet 1, MSG, NHLN-US

Opponent SBNation Site: Blueshirt Banter

The Rangers are coming!

Maple Leafs

Lines from the morning skate, and Ozhiganov is feeling better and was at skate, it looks like Marincin is getting in the game.

Forward Lines

Patrick Marleau - Auston Matthews - Kasperi Kapanen
Andreas Johnsson - John Tavares - Mitch Marner
Connor Brown - Nazem Kadri - William Nylander
Tyler Ennis -Par Lindholm - Frederik Gauthier

Defence Pairings

Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermott - Martin Marincin

Goaltenders

Frederik Andersen
Garret Sparks

New York Rangers

From leftwinglock.com

Forward Lines

Filip Chytil - Mika Zibanejad - Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider - Kevin Hayes - Pavel Buchnevich
Jimmy Vesey - Brett Howden - Vladislav Namestnikov
Lias Andersson - Boo Nieves - Ryan Strome

Defence Pairings

Brady Skjei - Adam McQuaid
Marc Staal - Neal Pionk
Brendan Smith - Anthony DeAngelo

Goaltenders

Henrik Lundqvist
Alexandar Georgiev


Ryan Strome is a Ranger?

Things I know about the Rangers:

  1. They’re worse than their record.
  2. They’re the hardest team to spell in the NHL.
  3. Chytil doesn’t sound like you think it will.
  4. If Boo Nieves is using that name full time, he’s the best.
  5. Skjei doesn’t sound like you think it will.
  6. Plus the guy’s an American.
  7. Chris Kreider would make a fabulous deadline trade to the Leafs, but the Rangers would have to retain salary because he has another year on his deal.
  8. Mats Zuccarello did an interview with the Norwegian press where he said, “I’m just sitting here waiting to be traded,” and I don’t think anyone cared.
  9. Tankity, tankity, tank, tank, tank.

The Leafs will want to play Garret Sparks either today or tomorrow, and it looks like the Sunday game is his while Andersen starts tonight. The Rangers will absolutely be giving it their all in front of a team that might be buyers at the deadline.

Go Leafs Go.