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Game Preview: The Rangers come to Toronto looking for rebuild tips

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Maybe they should ask Eugene Melnyk instead.

Toronto Maple Leafs v New York Rangers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

New York Rangers at Toronto Maple Leafs

Time: 7:00PM

Location: Scotiabanl Arena

Broadcast/Streaming: CBC, Sportsnet One/Ontario, MSG, NHL Live

Opponent SBNation Site: Blueshirt Banter

Tonight is game 75 of the Maple Leafs season, and with seven more to go the team is working its way back to full health. Both Jake Gardiner and Travis Dermott are skating again - though Jake did not join the team on the ice today - and the forwards are all ready to go.

Frederik Gauthier is back at fourth line centre tonight, playing in his 100th NHL game.

The New York Rangers are on their way to the bottom of the league, looking to rebuild while still staying relevant in a crowded sports market.

They are starting back up goalie Alexandar Georgiev after he stonewalled the Leafs in their last meeting; making 55 saves to give the Rangers a 4-1 victory.

Maple Leafs

Forward Lines

Zach Hyman - John Tavares - Mitch Marner
Andreas Johnsson - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Kasperi Kapanen
Trevor Moore - Frederik Gauthier - Connor Brown

Defence Pairings

Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey
Jake Muzzin - Nikita Zaitsev
Justin Holl - Igor Ozhiganov


Frederik Andersen
Garret Sparks

New York Rangers

Forward Lines

Chris Kreider - Mika Zibanejad - Ryan Strome
Vladislav Namestnikov - Brett Howden - Pavel Buchnevich
Jimmy Vesey - Lias Andersson - Brendan Lemieux
Connor Brickley - Boo Nieves - Vinni Lettieri

Defence Pairings

Marc Staal - Anthony DeAngelo
Brady Skjei - Neal Pionk
John Gilmour - Kevin Shattenkirk


Alexandar Georgiev
Henrik Lundqvist

Round one vs Boston Bruins

Toronto Team Boston
Toronto Team Boston
3-2 Record 2-3
14GF - 14GA Goal Differential 14GF - 14GA
27.3% - 5th Power Play 35.7% - 2nd
64.3% - 15th Penalty Kill 72.7% - 12th
Auston Matthews - 4 Most Goals Bergeron, Krejci, Pastrnak, Marchand, Coyle - 2
Morgan Rielly - 4 Most Assists Brad Marchand - 4
Auston Matthews - 5 Most Points Brad Marchand - 6
Nazem Kadri - 19 Most PM Charlie McAvoy - 6
Morgan Rielly - 24:34/G TOI Leader Charlie McAvoy - 16
Frederik Andersen - .925sv% Starting Goalie Tuukka Rask - .922sv%

The Maple Leafs are all around a better team than the New York Rangers. Their previous game was only a loss because Georgiev stood on his head. After a win on the “road” against the Sabres, the Leafs have come home with a brighter outlook.

The game is at 7PM tonight.

Go Leafs Go.