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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Toronto

2013 Season Game No. 5 at Madison Square Garden

Saturday, 01.26.2013 / 12:01 AM / News
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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Toronto
The Rangers begin a three-game homestand when they face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts enter tonight\'s contest with a 1-3-0 (2 pts) record, following a 2-1 loss against the Flyers on Thursday at Wells Fargo Center. The loss ended the Rangers\' eight-game winning streak against the Flyers, including a four-game winning streak at Philadelphia. The Maple Leafs enter the contest with a 2-2-0 (4 pts) record, following a 7-4 loss against the Islanders on Thursday at Toronto.
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Tonight's Game
NYR VS. TOR
The Rangers begin a three-game homestand when they face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts enter tonight's contest with a 1-3-0 (2 pts) record, following a 2-1 loss against the Flyers on Thursday at Wells Fargo Center. The loss ended the Rangers' eight-game winning streak against the Flyers, including a four-game winning streak at Philadelphia. The Maple Leafs enter the contest with a 2-2-0 (4 pts) record, following a 7-4 loss against the Islanders on Thursday at Toronto. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will continue their three-game homestand when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup.

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised on MSG Plus with pregame coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. You can also catch the radio broadcast on Bloomberg Radio (AM 1130) and on satellite radio at XM 92.

Rangers vs. Maple Leafs Pregame Notes

* New York was 2-2-0 overall vs. Toronto last season (0-2-0 mark at home; 2-0-0 mark on the road). The Blueshirts' penalty kill was 12-13 (92.3%) in the season series. Marian Gaborik led all skaters with three goals, and tied for the series lead in scoring with four points. Brad Richards led the team with three assists in the series. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-2-0 with a 3.30 GAA, while Martin Biron posted a 20-save shutout in his only appearance against Toronto last season.

* The Rangers have recorded a point in 10 of their last 12 meetings with the Maple Leafs (8-2-2 over the span), and have outscored Toronto, 43-23, during the stretch.

* New York ranked seventh with a 27-12-2 (56 pts) record at home last season; Toronto tied for 20th with a 17-21-3 (37 pts) mark on the road last season.

* The Rangers were 11-8-1 vs. the Northeast Division last season; the Maple Leafs were 9-6-5 vs. the Atlantic Division last season.

* New York lists one former Maple Leaf on its roster: Anton Stralman (2007-08 to 2008-09).

* Toronto lists one former Ranger on its roster: Colton Orr (2005-06 to 2008-09).

All Time -- Rangers vs. Maple Leafs
Overall: 220-272-95-6
At MSG: 127-111-56-3
At Toronto: 93-161-39-3

2011-12 Rangers vs. Toronto
Oct. 27 Rangers 2, Maple Leafs 4 at MSG
Dec. 5 Rangers 2, Maple Leafs 4 at MSG
Jan. 14 Rangers 3, Maple Leafs 0 at Toronto
March 24 Rangers 4, Maple Leafs 3 (SO) at Toronto

2013 Rangers vs. Toronto
Jan. 26 Rangers vs. Maple Leafs at MSG
April 8 Rangers vs. Maple Leafs at Toronto
April 10 Rangers vs. Maple Leafs at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Jan. 26 Rangers vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
Jan. 29 Rangers vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Jan. 31 Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Feb. 2 Rangers at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Feb. 5 Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Injuries

* Arron Asham has missed two games due to a strained groin, suffered on Jan. 20.

* Michael Sauer has missed four games due to a concussion, suffered on Dec. 5, 2011.

* The Rangers have lost six total man-games to injuries or illness this season.