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
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
Enjoy the game everyone, Let's go Rangers!