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Rangers at Maple Leafs preview

Marleau to make home debut for Toronto; New York seeks first win

by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent

RANGERS (0-1-0) at MAPLE LEAFS (1-0-0)

7 p.m. ET; CBC, MSG, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Forward Patrick Marleau will make his home debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs against the New York Rangers at Air Canada Centre. Marleau scored two goals in the Maple Leafs' 7-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday. He signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract on July 2 with Toronto after spending his first 19 NHL seasons with the San Jose Sharks.

The Rangers are looking for their first win. They lost their season opener 4-2 to the Colorado Avalanche at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

 

Players to watch

Center Mika Zibanejad scored both Rangers goals and led them with eight shots on goal against the Avalanche. He scored 14 goals in 56 games last season.

Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews, the reigning Calder Trophy winner, had three points (one goal, two assists) against the Jets.

 

They said it

"Those are all skilled young players. These new era kids have great skill, great speed and aren't afraid to challenge you 1-on-1. It's more of a team concept that comes into play, taking care of the puck, making sure you are slowing down the opposition by taking their hands away on checks or skating in front of them to make their route a little bit longer." -- Rangers coach Alain Vigneault on defending against Matthews, William Nylander and Mitchell Marner

"Just knowing the fan base here, how passionate they are, it's one of those things where you feel the excitement and want to be a part of it. I'm just focused on what I need to do to be successful on the ice but any cheer I get will be great." -- Marleau on the reaction he is expecting 

 

Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich

Rick Nash -- Filip Chytil -- Mats Zuccarello

Michael Grabner -- Kevin Hayes -- J.T. Miller

Jimmy Vesey -- David Desharnais -- Paul Carey

Ryan McDonagh -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Brady Skjei -- Brendan Smith

Marc Staal -- Tony DeAngelo

Henrik Lundqvist

Ondrej Pavelec

Scratched: Nick Holden, Steven Kampfer

Injured: Jesper Fast (hip)

 

Maple Leafs projected lineup

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- Mitchell Marner

Patrick Marleau -- Nazem Kadri -- Leo Komarov

Matt Martin -- Dominic Moore -- Connor Brown

Morgan Rielly -- Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner -- Nikita Zaitsev

Calle Rosen -- Connor Carrick

Frederik Andersen

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Eric Fehr, Josh Leivo, Andreas Borgman

Injured: None

 

Status report

The Rangers did not hold a full morning skate. Holden, Kampfer and Pavelec were the only ones who participated. … Moore replaces Fehr on Toronto's fourth line and will play his first game for the Maple Leafs since Feb. 28, 2009. … Rosen, recalled from Toronto of the American Hockey League on Friday, will make his NHL debut, replacing Borgman. He was signed to a two-year, entry level contract May 16.

 

Stat pack

The Rangers were 23-7-4 last season and are 40-11-4 in games after a loss since Dec. 22, 2015. ... The Maple Leafs were 8-for-8 on the penalty kill and 2-for-4 on the power play against the Jets.

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