Maple Leafs-Rangers Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 25, 2013
The New York Rangers had Stanley Cup aspirations even before acquiring Rick Nash prior to the lockout. Despite their star power, they've yet to prove they're capable of living up to the lofty expectations. New York looks to get on track Saturday night by avoiding a third straight home loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have earned both of their victories on the road. The Rangers finished with an Eastern Conference-best 109 points in 2011-12 before falling in six games to New Jersey in the conference finals. They traded Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, defensive prospect Tim Erixon and a 2013 first-round draft pick to Columbus for Nash in July, adding another marquee player to join fellow top-liners Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards. New York (1-3-0) is off to a poor start, though, and fell to previously winless Philadelphia 2-1 on Thursday. All three of Gaborik's goals came in Wednesday's win over Boston, and he notched his first assist versus the Flyers. Richards and Nash went without a point for the first time this season. ''We're not getting enough good plays from our top guys,'' coach John Tortorella said. ''From some guys, yeah, we're getting a good level. From others, absolutely not. We have to decide, consistently as a group, how we want to play. "I thought we got some good shifts, but our top guys, Gabby, Richards, Nasher, just have to get going more.'' Toronto (2-2-0) will need to replace one its top players after forward Joffrey Lupul broke his forearm in a win at Pittsburgh on Wednesday night, just days after signing a five-year contract extension. He missed his first game Thursday when the Maple Leafs fell 7-4 at home to the New York Islanders, prompting fans to chant "Let's go Blue Jays!" in the final minutes. Coach Randy Carlyle isn't giving up on his team that quickly, but he also knows the inconsistency will hurt Toronto going forward. It went 0 for 5 on the power play, which included a pair of 5-on-3 advantages - including one late in the first period while holding a 3-1 lead. ''I think we saw one team (Wednesday) and a totally different team (Thursday),'' Carlyle said. ''We were out of it, we were out of sync ''It you don't score on your 5-on-3 at some point in the game usually momentum is going to turn in favor of the opposition." Though the home fans have been displeased, the Leafs are playing well on the road. They beat Montreal 2-1 on Jan. 19, and James van Riemsdyk scored twice and added an assist in a 5-2 over the Penguins on Wednesday night. Toronto is 1 for 24 on the power play while going 2-4-1 in the last seven meetings with the Rangers, but both victories came at Madison Square Garden. It's unclear who will be in net for the Leafs after Ben Scrivens allowed five goals on 25 shots Thursday before being pulled in favor of James Reimer. "It's another learning experience and it's a tough one to swallow, but I'll take what I can from it," Scrivens said. The Leafs have gotten the better of Henrik Lundqvist in the last three meetings, scoring 10 goals after he shut them out in his two previous starts. Lundqvist, though, earned a 4-3 shootout victory in the most recent matchup March 24.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Seahawks extend Pete Carroll through 2019

LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye releases first statement following car crash

Report: Brock Osweiler could have made more money staying with Broncos

Andrew Luck: Feels `as good as I've ever felt` for training camp

Amar'e Stoudemire announces retirement after signing one-day contract with Knicks


Report: Gregory failed multiple drug tests since suspension

Olympian Abby Johnston: Worst thing about Olympic village is no Pokemon

Reggie Bush reportedly closing in on contract with Bills

Report: Eric Berry planning to no-show training camp

Eagles could have interest in Gordon if Browns trade him

Report: Fitzpatrick, Jets not likely to have deal before camp

Jimbo Fisher: You come to FSU to win national championships

Andre Johnson worked out for Tennessee Titans

Shattenkirk for Krejci trade rumor still floating around

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman denies link to C.T.E.

Michael Vick: Cam Newton can’t beat me in 40-yard dash

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

Odell Beckham Jr. says Giants will play in Super Bowl LI

Iowa researchers say they can optimize Monday Night Football ratings with scheduling

Terrelle Pryor can visit Ohio State as five-year ban comes to a close

Rudy Gay admits to having ‘no idea’ about what the Kings are doing

Report: Kansas City Chiefs' Justin Houston likely to miss regular-season games

Padres reportedly making progress on Cashner trade

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker