NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, March 18th (All times eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (30-29-6) at New York Rangers (37-19-10), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Rangers will try to put a winning streak together tonight, as they open the doors of Madison Square Garden for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Rangers had dropped six straight before Thursday's victory over Washington. The most recent win moved New York two points ahead of Philadelphia for first place in the Atlantic Division.
On Thursday, Jaromir Jagr scored the decisive goal in the third period as New York defeated the Capitals, 5-4, at MSG.
Jagr, who leads the NHL with 45 goals, also added an assist for the Rangers. He is also second in the league with 96 points.
Tonight marks the second test of a four-game homestand for the Blueshirts, who are 20-7-6 as the host this season.
The Maple Leafs are coming off Thursday's loss in Buffalo. Chris Drury had two goals and an assist and Ryan Miller made 27 saves as the Sabres handed Toronto a 3-1 defeat at HSBC Arena.
Mats Sundin had the lone goal and Mikael Tellqvist stopped 30 shots for the Maple Leafs, who had a two-game winning streak snapped and still trail Montreal by five points for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Toronto has not missed the playoffs since the 1997-98 season.
The Maple Leafs, who are 10-17-4 as the visitor this season, are playing the middle portion of a three-game road trip tonight.
New York is 2-1 against the Leafs this season, but Toronto has won six of the last nine overall.
03/18 10:36:00 ET