NY Rangers (10-2-1) at Toronto (4-3-3), 7:00 pm EDT
TORONTO (Ticker) -- The New York Rangers apparently are learning
why defense wins games.
Supported by several stellar defensive efforts of late, the
Rangers look to extend their winning streak to five games when
they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.
The Rangers have held opponents to two goals or less in each of
their last five games, a stretch in which they are 4-1-0. They
have yielded three or more tallies just three times this season,
including their 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on
Despite mild struggles, the Maple Leafs have shown some
offensive punch, scoring three or more goals in three of their
last four games. They are fresh off a 6-5 shootout victory over
the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday and hope for a similar spark
in order to produce their second winning streak of the season.
Thanks to new faces such as Mikhail Grabovski, Niklas Hagman,
Nikolai Kulemin, John Mitchell and defenseman Luke Schenn, the
Maple Leafs are two points ahead of last season's pace after 10
In the win over New Jersey, Schenn - the fifth overall pick in
last June's draft - notched his first career point with an
assist. Toronto, which entered that contest ranked sixth in the
league with an average of 32.6 shots per game, peppered
four-time Vezina Trophy winner Martin Brodeur with 48 shots.
The Maple Leafs are 1-2-2 at home, while the Rangers have gone
4-0-1 on the road.