Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
Rangers-Leafs: Two (points) for the taking in Toronto
Henrik Lundqvist (17-13-3, 2.07 GAA) coming off that career-high 48-save performance in Carolina on Saturday and being named the NHL's third star of the week, faces James Reimer (14-5-4, 2.52) at Air Canada Center tonight.
The Leafs, still without Joffrey Lupul, are in fifth place in the East with 46 points and have won four of five. The Rangers, in seventh with 42, are on a 3-0-1 run. The Senators, who lost on Sunday and are idle, are in sixth with 44.
Instead of looking at who's behind them, the Rangers are looking ahead.
"We're just tying to get points every time we go out on the ice," said defenseman Ryan McDonagh. "We have a good feeling going into games, we have a lot more energy coming out of our locker room, guys really feeding off each other and trying to have a good first shift. "
I wrote yesterday that special teams, which are hot for the Rangers right now, could be difference-makers. The Leafs visit MSG on Wednesday.
Note: Same lineup for Blueshirts. Roman Hamrlik, who Torts said was "banged up", did not skate this morning. J. T. Miller (wrist) and Matt Gilroy did skate, but are scratched.