Toronto Maple Leafs visit the New York Rangers: Game #53
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: The other centre of the universe, Madison Square Garden.
Broadcast/Streaming: TSN 4 and MSG
Opponent SBNation Site: Blueshirt Banter
We have to assume the defence situation on the Leafs will continue as it is at least for another day. The Marlies have added two defenders to keep their numbers up as they go to Rochester to play tomorrow:
And meanwhile, the Leafs are in New York and looking to roll three wins in a row into four. They played great against an injury-hampered New York Islanders team, but now they need to do it again without relying on the goaltender quite so much.
With Curtis McElhinney in net, the Leafs need to play as much as possible in front of the Rangers’ net.
Lines from yesterday’s game
Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Mitch Marner
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Connor Brown
Leo Komarov - Dominic Moore - Kasperi Kapanen
Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev
Andreas Borgman - Connor Carrick
Travis Dermott - Justin Holl
Curtis McElhinney - assumed starter
New York Rangers
from Daily Faceoff
Rick Nash - Mika Zibanejad - Pavel Buchnevich
J.T. Miller - Kevin Hayes - Mats Zuccarello
Michael Grabner - Peter Holland - Jesper Fast
Cody McLeod - David Desharnais - Jimmy Vesey
Ryan Mcdonagh - Nick Holden
Brady Skjei - Marc Staal
Brendan Smith - Anthony DeAngelo
So, how about those Rangers, eh? What a lineup! In an effort to do something, although I’m not clear what exactly, the Rangers have called up Peter Holland (did you even remember the Habs had traded him?), fighter Cody McLeod and defender with a troubled past Anthony DeAngelo.
Holland, at 27, is on his fifth team, although he never suited up for the Habs. DeAngelo, at 22, is on this third team, and both of these guys passed through Arizona to get to New York.
And Jimmy Vesey, remember when everyone was in a froth over signing him? He can’t climb off of the fourth line.
The Rangers also have two players shed by the Colorado Avalanche at their depths of despair: Nick Holden and Cody McLeod. Somehow Holden is their top pairing D? He’s an interesting third pairing guy, not totally dissimilar to Connor Carrick and would slot in on the Leafs below Andreas Borgman and above Roman Polak.
Holden joins three of the Rangers’ forwards on TSN’s trade bait list. So how’s that Kevin Shattenkirk deal looking now, Rangers? He is on IR for several weeks with a nagging injury that’s been plaguing him all year.
The Rangers have one ace up their sleeve, and it’s Henrik Lundqvist. But even with him playing at his best, and the Leafs coming off a back-to-back, there is no excuse for the Leafs not to be in the game to win it from the first minute to the last.
Come on, Leafs, make it four in a row!