The Rangers are in Toronto tonight to begin a home-and-home with the Maple Leafs at a very critical point of the season. These are the last two contests between the clubs (the Rangers won the first meeting), and the Rangers sit four points back of the Leafs for fifth in the conference. If the Rangers win both contests, they will leapfrog the Leafs, and possibly the Sens, in the standings. All in all, it’s a pretty big pair of games.
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.
For more on Tortorella’s systems read here.
2012-2013 Records: Maple Leafs (21-13-4), Rangers (19-15-4)
NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (15-18-33)
TOR Leading Scorer: Nazem Kadri (17-22-39)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (33 GP, 2.07 GAA, .928 SV%)
TOR Goaltender: James Reimer (24 GP, 2.52 GAA, .919 SV%)
Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Ryane Clowe-Brad Richards-Mats Zuccarello
Carl Hagelin-Derek Brassard-Brian Boyle
Taylor Pyatt-Darroll Powe-Arron Asham
Michael Del Zotto-Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh-Anton Stralman
John Moore-Steve Eminger
Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Marc Staal (eye), Matt Gilroy (healthy), Roman Hamrlik (healthy), J.T. Miller (healthy)
Broadcast Info: MSG, 7pm
Torts’ post-game interview from Saturday: