Who: Toronto Maple Leafs (18-16-4) at New York Rangers (17-18-2)
Where: Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
When: 7:00 PM ET
Tickets: Maple Leafs vs. Rangers tickets
Where to watch: Sportsnet Ontario, MSG-2
Where to listen: TSN 1050
Enemy blog: Blue Line Station
Lineups (via Daily Faceoff):
- Leafs vs. Rangers is one of 14 games in the NHL tonight before the Christmas break. The Leafs, along with the rest of the league, don’t play again until Friday.
- Bernier will get the start after he played pretty well in relief for Reimer in Saturday’s game. Reimer was pulled after letting in three goals in 12 shots in the first period, and Bernier made 25 saves on 26 shots as the Leafs came back to tie the game up, but eventually lost in the shootout.
- Orr and Ranger are both expected to return from injuries tonight. Orr hasn’t played since December 3 because of an elbow injury, and Ranger has been out since December 12 with an upper-body injury. Troy Bodie and John-Michael Liles are expected to sit out. Orr has no points in 26 games this season.
- The Rangers beat the Minnesota Wild last night 4-1 thanks to goals by Pouliot, Hagelin, Zuccarello and Kreider, and 26 saves by the rookie backup Talbot. Lundqvist will be back in the crease tonight, but has not played to his usual sublime level this year. Interestingly, Talbot’s .936 save percentage in 11 games is much higher than Lundqvist’s .905 in 28 games. The Rangers have won only three of their last 10 games.
- Join us for the game thread about an hour before game time.