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Rangers vs. Leafs: Last Game Before The Break

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Rangers look to enter the break on a win after a tough loss vs. New Jersey.

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports


Happy Holidays on behalf of everyone here at Blueshirt Banter. The Rangers are fresh off an absolutely brutal loss vs. the New Jersey Devils, and it was a game in which Henrik Lundqvist did everything within his power to will the team to victory.

The Rangers are back at it tonight vs. a Toronto Maple Leafs team that will receive the boost of Auston Matthews returning to the lineup. The Maple Leafs' wunderkind had missed the last six games due to a concussion.

The Leafs went 2-4-0 without Matthews in the lineup, and his return will provide an extra offensive threat for the Rangers to worry about. This is the second meeting of the season for both teams, and the Leafs defeated the Rangers 8-5 earlier this season.

Here are the projected lineups for both teams.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Zach Hyman | Auston Matthews | William Nylander

Patrick Marleau | Nazem Kadri | Leo Komarov

James van Riemsdyk | Tyler Bozak | Mitch Marner

Matt Martin | Dominic Moore | Connor Brown

Morgan Rielly | Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner | Connor Carrick

Andreas Borgman | Roman Polak

Frederik Andersen

New York Rangers

Chris Kreider | Mika Zibanejad | Pavel Buchnevich

Rick Nash | David Desharnais | Mats Zuccarello

Michael Grabner | Kevin Hayes | Jimmy Vesey

Paul Carey | Boo Nieves | J.T. Miller

Ryan McDonagh | Nick Holden

Brady Skjei | Kevin Shattenkirk

Marc Staal | Brendan Smith

Henrik Lundqvist

Enjoy the game everyone, Let's go Rangers!