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Game #34: Toronto Maple Leafs vs New York Rangers Open Thread

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Toronto Maple Leafs v New York Rangers Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

After a trio of days off to stew over hard-fought loss against the Nashville Predators, the Rangers are back in action tonight for an Original Six matchup. David Quinn’s squad is set to host the Auston Matthews, William Nylander, and the rest of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the world’s most famous arena.

Coming into the 2019-20 campaign with championship aspirations, the first ten weeks of the season have been rough on Toronto. Mike Babcock was fired as head coach one month ago today after posting a 9-10-4 record this season, and hotshot coaching prospect Sheldon Keefe was promoted from AHL Toronto to succeed him. In spite of an 8-4-0 record since taking over the NHL team, the Leafs are still on the outside looking in of the playoff picture, and the only thing keeping them close is a pitifully weak Atlantic Division sans Boston.

Player to Watch: Greg McKegg

It’s another revenge game on Broadway tonight, as McKegg will skate for the organization that kept him buried in the AHL for the majority of three seasons before trading him to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Zach Hyman. After moving on from the OHL, McKegg skated in 188 games for AHL Toronto across three seasons, while only drawing into the Maple Leafs lineup on four occasions before being dealt to the Sunshine State. Skating on a line with Brett Howden and Brendan Smith, look for McKegg to hop over the boards and take a couple of nondescript shifts each period.

Enjoy the game!