The Rangers look to extend their winning streak to nine games tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs (5-8-4). Both teams are on the tail end of a back-to-back; the Rangers won last night in Ottawa 2-1, and the Maple Leafs beat the Canucks 4-2.
The Leafs have a difficult start to their season, ending the month of October with a record of 1-7-2. Their play of late has been a bit better, as they are currently riding a three-game winning streak. Jonathan Bernier (0-6-1, 3.02, .899) is expected to start tonight, as James Reimer got the start last night. Here is the projected Maple Leafs lineup:
James van Riemsdyk - Nazem Kadri - Leo Komarov
Shawn Matthias - Tyler Bozak - PA Parenteau
Daniel Winnik - Nick Spaling - Joffrey Lupul
Michael Grabner - Byron Froese - Peter Holland
Jake Gardiner - Dion Phaneuf
Matt Hunwick - Morgan Rielly
Scott Harrington - Roman Polak
The Rangers should look much the same as they did yesterday against Ottawa, with the only difference being in net. Antti Raanta (3-0-0, 0.67, .976) will get his fourth start of the season. So far, every start for Raanta has come for the second game of a back to back. Here is the projected Rangers lineup:
Rick Nash - Derick Brassard - Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - J.T. Miller
Oscar Lindberg - Kevin Hayes - Viktor Stalberg
Dominic Moore - Jarret Stoll - Jesper Fast
Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Marc Staal - Dylan McIlrath
Keith Yandle - Kevin Klein
Despite what their record shows, this Toronto team should not be taken lightly. Hopefully we got the sloppy turnovers out of our system yesterday, because this team can make you pay for them. Let's get another quick goal, or two, or ten, and put this game away early.
Let's go Rangers.