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  1. Budsfan

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    Game Day: Maple Leafs at Rangers
    Lance HornbyMore from Lance Hornby
    Game Day: Maple Leafs at Rangers

    TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS at NEW YORK RANGERS
    Sunday, 7 p.m., Madison Square Garden
    TV: Sportsnet; Radio: 590 AM
    THE BIG MATCHUP
    Garret Sparks vs. Henrik Lundqvist

    The Rangers’ 3-0 loss to Carolina on Friday sums up much of their season, a great game by Lundqvist with 30 saves, but no offensive support on a team blanked five times this season. Lundqvist has struggled against Toronto in the past, but was on the bench when rookie Alexander Georgiev faced the Leafs in a 5-3 loss in Toronto on Dec. 22. Sparks is expected to make his 13th appearance in pursuit of his eighth win.
    FIVE KEYS TO THE GAME
    Manhattan transfer
    Though the Leafs played Saturday, this could be a favourable matchup in a back-to-back. The Rangers had been defying the experts by staying in the playoff hunt, but have lost three of their past four and are 0-4 against the Leafs since the start of last season. These teams tend to open up as well, averaging more than a combined seven goals a game in that span, which would favour the more dynamic Leafs, though not their coach.
    J.T. is back
    No Leaf is more familiar with the MSG vibe than John Tavares, with 40 points in 44 overall games against the Rangers while getting a rough ride from the crowd. He had two assists in the Dec. 22 game. Linemate Mitch Marner is also averaging a point a game versus New York in his brief career.
    Aftershocks
    The Rangers saved one of their worst performances Friday for the 25-year reunion of their most recent Stanley Cup team. After a few of those stars such as Mark Messier dropped in to speak to the team, the flat effort was a huge disappointment to coach David Quinn.
    Centres of attention
    Tavares could come up a few times against Mika Zibanejad, the Rangers’ busiest faceoff man, who is ranked close to him in wins on the draw near the top of the NHL chart. Zibanejad is also New York’s top scorer.
    Hobbit habit
    If Zibanejad is the Big Zee, Mats Zuccarello, the Norwegian Hobbit, has a smaller profile, but 19 points in his last 12 games against the Maple Leafs, part of six career multi-point games against Toronto.
    MAPLE LEAFS GAME DAY LINES
    LW C RW
    Zach Hyman John Tavares Mitch Marner
    Patrick Marleau Auston Matthews Kasperi Kapanen
    Connor Brown Nazem Kadri William Nylander
    Par Lindholm Frederik Gauthier Andreas Johnsson
    DEFENCE PAIRINGS
    Jake Muzzin Morgan Rielly
    Jake Gardiner Nikita Zaitsev
    Travis Dermott Ron Hainsey
    GOALIES
    Frederik Andersen
    Garret Sparks
    RANGERS GAME DAY LINES
    LW C RW
    Chris Kreider Mika Zibanejad Mats Zuccarello
    Pavel Buchnevich Kevin Hayes Jesper Fast
    Filip Chytil Ryan Strome Vladislav Namestnikov
    Jimmy Vesey Boo Nieves Vinni Lettieri
    DEFENCE PAIRINGS
    Marc Staal Anthony DeAngelo
    Brady Skjei Adam McQuaid
    Brendan Smith Kevin Shattenkirk
    GOALIES
    Henrik Lundqvist
    Alexandar Georgiev
    INJURIES
    Toronto: None
    NY Rangers: D Fredrik Claesson (shoulder); C Brett Howden (knee)
    SPECIAL TEAMS
    POWER PLAY
    Toronto: 21.1% (14th)
    NY Rangers: 20.8% (16th)
    PENALTY KILLING
    Toronto: 80.7% (13th)
    NY Rangers: 77.0% (26th)

    Sunday NHL preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Rangers
    By Dave FeschukSports Columnist
    Sat., Feb. 9, 2019
    MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
    PUCK DROP:
    7 p.m.

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    The ongoing issues of defensive partners Jake Gardiner, left, and Nikita Zaitsev could lead Leafs head coach Mike Babcock to shake up his pairings on the blue line. (Kevin Sousa / GETTY IMAGES)

    TV: Sportsnet
    RADIO: Sportsnet 590 The FAN
    KEY PLAYERS
    Sparks/Lundqvist
    If form holds, Garret Sparks is expected get the start in goal for the Leafs on the second leg of a back-to-back set. With Henrik Lundqvist looming a night after Toronto faced Montreal’s Carey Price, Toronto could theoretically take shots at the two highest-paid goaltenders in the NHL in a 24-hour span. (When Price’s current cap hit of $10.5 million kicked in this season, it usurped Lundqvist’s $8.5 million annual average value as the NHL high-water mark). In any case, advantage Maple Leafs: Lundqvist, now age 36, has 32 career meetings against Toronto and sports an .897 save percentage, his worst mark against an Eastern Conference opponent.
    NEED TO KNOW
    Sparks has allowed two goals against in three of his past four starts … The struggles of the Toronto defensive pairing of Nikita Zaitsev and Jake Gardiner have been well documented. Leafs coach Mike Babcock acknowledged Saturday the possibility of a shakeup on the blue line, suggesting he could spread the wealth of Toronto’s top pairing, which currently consists of Morgan Rielly and Jake Muzzin. “I don’t know what I’ll do — maybe (move Muzzin to) a different pair. We’ll just see what happens.”
    UP NEXT Tuesday at Colorado, 9 p.m.
     
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  2. 7even

    7even I wish you good fortune in the wars to come

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    Yup, Back to Back
     
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    Let’s get the W and take 4/4
     
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    Nylander loves playing Lundqvist. Hopefully he has a big game, been playing well lately!
     
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    Ahhh yea.

    Please win!
     
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    Ennis is back or what?
     
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    Can we please play nylander and matty together?

    Matty’s line sucks. Kadri and brown suck and are wasting willy right now
     
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    A1LeafNation Dubas: We can and we will!

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    Tough week for the Leafs in terms of travel.

    Played in Montreal last night.
    In Manhattan today, Denver Tuesday, Vegas Thursday, Phoenix Saturday.
     
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    Make it 5 in a row... go leafs go
     
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    Traaaaappp gameeeee
     
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    Exactly how I felt. Definitely a double take, but glad
     
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    Keep it rolling. I suppose Sparks is in. He played well last game and it should keep the rest of the team on their toes knowing Andersen isn't in there to bail them out. Lets hope it's a blow out early so fatigue isn't a factor later in the game.

    NEED TO KNOW
    Sparks has allowed two goals against in three of his past four starts … The struggles of the Toronto defensive pairing of Nikita Zaitsev and Jake Gardiner have been well documented. Leafs coach Mike Babcock acknowledged Saturday the possibility of a shakeup on the blue line, suggesting he could spread the wealth of Toronto’s top pairing, which currently consists of Morgan Rielly and Jake Muzzin. “I don’t know what I’ll do — maybe (move Muzzin to) a different pair. We’ll just see what happens.”


    interesting...but does this mean Hainsey goes back with Rielly? Can't see Babcock throwing Zaitsev or Dermott up with Rielly.
     
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    And people say we have an easy schedule now.
     
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    I’ve been saying it for weeks that the last 30 games are crammed in. Fortunately every team has to deal with a similar schedule.
    The real bad one is later this month - a mid week b2b with Buffalo (home) then at NYI for JTs return.

    Edit - Edmonton home, at NYI then Buff - weds thurs sat.
     
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    Sparks?
     
  19. Warden of the North

    Warden of the North The Matthews Show

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    Its hard to call the 2nd game of a back to back a trap game regardless of the opponents percieved quality, especially on the road with Sparks in net.
     
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    7even I wish you good fortune in the wars to come

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    Can't remember last time we had two weekend games m8. But I've only had time to watch like 60% of the games this year :(
     
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    7even I wish you good fortune in the wars to come

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    I feel like we've done really well against the Rangers over the last few years, but a Sparks game always has the potential to be...exciting.
     
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    Really excited... first time at MSG. I'll make sure they get a good dose of go leafs go
     
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    Chance to watch future Leaf, Chris Kreider.
     
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    How do you think the following pairs will work?
    Rielly + Zaitsev
    Gardiner + Muzzin
    Dermott + Hainsey
    ???
    To me it seems very fresh and exciting ... but I am just a Yoshi now! :D
     
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    They tried Zaits with just about everybody last night and the results were the same, stupid suicude passes into or through the crease to a covered partner . Put him with Reilly and the other team will be too confused by their terrible passing to do anything .
    Not sure which was worse the blind back pass to 2 habs in their end or the sweet pass to Domi in our end .
     
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