Wednesday's NHL card features an Eastern Conference contest between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New York Rangers. These two have split a pair of meetings already this season with the away team winning in both of those battles. The Maple Leafs fell to Florida while New York lost to Dallas last time these teams took the ice. The puck is set to drop approximately 7:30 PM ET from the Madison Square Garden for this showdown.
Maple Leafs Upset By PanthersToronto saw their winning streak end at three games as they lost to Florida at home 5-3 last contest. They currently sit in a tie for ninth in the NHL and sit two points behind Philadelphia for the eighth seed. The Maple Leafs boast a 24.49% power play percentage which is fourth in the league, however their short-handed unit is poor with a 22.82% penalty kill percentage which is 25th.
Michael Hutchinson will be the goalie for the game. He owns a 4-8 record with one overtime loss as well. He has a 3.62 GAA and a poor 88.6% save percentage. Toronto is without wing Ilya Mikheyev who is on the injured reserve list and defender Morgan Rielly who is out for 8-10 weeks with a foot injury. Goalkeeper Frederik Andersen has also been downgraded to out for this showdown with New York due to a neck injury.
Line Change Coming For Rangers
New York has decided to make a change at goal after their 5-3 loss to Dallas last time out as Henrik Lundqvist has been pulled after his recent struggles. The team ranks 11th in the league offensively with 3.25 goals per game. The Rangers boast the 7th best power play percentage with 23.39% while their short-handed unit ranks 21st with a penalty kill percentage of only 21.55%.
Igor Shesterkin will be the man in the net for New York. He boasts a 3-1 record through four appearances. He also carries a 2.51 GAA and a nice 92.7% save percentage. Winger Chris Kreider is listed as questionable for Wednesday's contest with an upper body injury. The Rangers currently sit 12th in the Eastern Conference and are 11 points behind Philadelphia for the eighth seed.
- Rangers are 7-2 in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference
- Rangers are 7-3 in their last 10 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game
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