Standings: Leafs (22-16-5), Rangers (27-10-4)
Leading Scorer: Phil Kessel (24-24-48)
Goaltender: James Reimer (17 GP, 3.01 GAA, .900 SV%)
Rangers Lines (probable)
Artem Anisimov-Derek Stepan-Marian Gaborik
Wojtek Wolski-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko-Brian Boyle-Carl Hagelin
Mike Rupp-John Mitchell-Brandon Prust
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Anton Stralman
Marc Staal-Stu Bickel
Martin Biron gets the start tonight.
Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Jeff Woywitka (foot), Brandon Dubinsky (shoulder)
Preview: The Rangers can’t beat the Leafs this year, so it’s tough to call this a “trap” game. This is their third meeting, and the Leafs have won both meetings. With three All Stars, the Leafs are for real. They have a great offense and pretty solid defense. Goaltending is a concern, but that hasn’t stopped them from shutting down the Blueshirts this year.
The Rangers need to get back on track and show they can beat this team. There is a big possibility that they can meet in the first round of the playoffs, so it’s important to get one on the board in the regular season. It also helps to get a powerplay goal, but let’s aim small here.
Crazy Thought: Biron gets the shutout
Opponent’s Blog: Editor In Leaf
Game time tonight is 7:00pm on MSG2 (listings) and AM1600.
Editor’s Note: None of us are available to watch the game tonight, so there won’t be a recap tomorrow. If someone wants to volunteer to write it, by all means go ahead and do so, and email it to me at shapirodavidm[at]gmail[dot]com.