Is tonight the night? The Toronto Maple Leafs (0-5-1) look for their first win of the season, as they take on the New York Rangers (6-1-0) at the Air Canada Centre. Will a change of routine help the Buds get of the schnide?
AfterÂ Tuesday’s loss to the Avalanche, RonÂ Wilson gave the team a day off, followed by a day of fun & games in attempt toÂ ’reset’ and relax the team. Mike Komisarek alsoÂ talked about changing his own pre-game routine in an attempt to change the Leafs’ fortunes.
Will any of it matter? The Rangers are riding a 6-game winning streak and have outscored their opponents by a 2-to-1 margin this season. That doesn’t bode well for the Leafs, who fell toÂ the Rangers by a 7-2 score on Monday night.
Hopefully the Leafs will get off to a better start tonight, as they’ve fallen behind 2-0 in 5 straight games. Another key will be avoiding undisciplined penalties and/or improving the penalty-kill.
Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Wayne PrimeauÂ and Jeff FingerÂ return to the lineup, as Jamal Mayers, Nikolai Kulemin and Garnet Exelby sit.
Ponikarovsky Grabovski Hagman
Stalberg Stajan Blake
Mitchell Wallin Stempniak
Rosehill Primeau Orr
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