New York Rangers (28-16-1), meanwhile, are trending in the opposite direction of the Leafs. They’ve given up a total of 20 goals over their past four games and have slid to seventh in the East. Starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has had a sub-par season thus far compared to his career stats, posting a 2.89 goals against average and a .902 save percentage (compared to a 2.31, .920 career mark). The Rangers will attempt to slow the Leafs’ surging offense and get back on track Thursday (7:30 PM ET on TSN 4) in this battle of Original Six foes.
NHL Odds: Matthews and the Leafs Welcome the Rangers to TownThe New York Rangers (28-16-1) limp into Toronto on a three-game losing streak. New York’s defense has been porous at best over their last three games, giving up a total of 16 goals, including a 4-2 loss against the Leafs on January 13.
The Toronto Maple Leafs (21-13-8), however, have found their offensive groove. Led by Auston Matthews (22 goals, 16 assists), the Leafs have found a balanced attack across three forward lines. They’ve also managed to solidify their goaltending, as Fredrik Andersen (2.67 goals against average, .918 save percentage) has proven to be a reliable backstop through the first half of the season.