After Monday night’s sloppy loss in Toronto, the Rangers are looking to exact revenge on the Leafs tonight in the series finale at The Garden. There is a lot at stake tonight for the Rangers, who are sitting in the 8th spot in the East. They trail the Islanders by two points (with a game in hand), and are tied with Winnipeg (with two games in hand). A win tonight moves them to 6th, tied in points with the Islanders and Senators. The Rangers would have the tiebreaker (ROW/head to head) on both.
On the ice, the Leafs are a strong skating 2-1-2 forechecking team, similar to the Rangers. However, once they get a late lead, they will drop guys back in the neutral zone and trap. In the defensive zone, the Leafs generally play a collapsing box, which is also used by the Rangers and leaves the point men open for opportunities. Their powerplay (umbrella) is fairly standard. On the kill, the Leafs will rotate between a diamond (when the Rangers are playing an umbrella PP) and wedge + 1 (when the Rangers are playing a 1-3-1). They may also use the wedge+1 when the Rangers are using an umbrella to change it up.
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2012-2013 Records: Maple Leafs (22-13-4), Rangers (19-16-4)
NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (17-18-35)
TOR Leading Scorer: Nazem Kadri (17-23-40)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (34 GP, 2.13 GAA, .926 SV%)
TOR Goaltender: James Reimer (25 GP, 2.55 GAA, .919 SV%)
Broadcast Info: MSG, 7pm
Torts’ post-practice interview from Tuesday: