Original six clashes are always fun and tonight we will get to see one between two of the better teams in the NHL as the New York Rangers will show down with the Toronto Maple Leafs live from Scotiabank Arena north of the border. With the Rangers trying to keep up with the rampant New Jersey Devils and division-leading Carolina Hurricanes, they will be seeking two very important points as the Leafs will be looking to chase down the Boston Bruins.
There will be a new face in the iconic Blueshirt tonight as Will Cuylle will be making his NHL debut for the New York Rangers after he was recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack. He’s been one of the bright spots on a Hartford team that has been about as good as the Whalers this year. For those too young to get the reference, the Whalers stopped existing in 1997 with their move to Carolina. He’ll get a shot at the big leagues.
He’s coming in for Vitali Kravtsov who will be the healthy extra after playing the last 17 straight games. With the Russian taking his place in the press box, you have to wonder if there is a potential trade with the raw young talent or if this is just a move from the coaching staff to get Kravtsov to see the game from a different perspective and look for a reaction in practice in the coming days.
New York Rangers
Artemi Panarin – Mika Zibanejad – Chris Kreider
Jimmy Vesey – Vincent Trocheck – Barclay Goodrow
Alexis Lafreniere – Filip Chytil – Kaapo Kakko
Julien Gauthier – Jake Leschyshyn – Will Cuylle
Ryan Lindgren – Adam Fox
K’Andre Miller – Jacob Trouba
Ben Harpur – Braden Schneider
Toronto Maple Leafs
Michael Bunting – Auston Matthews – Mitchell Marner
Calle Jarnkrok – John Tavares – William Nylander
Bobby McMann – David Kampf – Pierre Engvall
Alexander Kerfoot – Pontus Holmberg – Joey Anderson
Morgan Rielly – Justin Holl
Mark Giordano – Timothy Liljegren
Rasmus Sandin – Jordie Benn
Puck drop time and where to watch
As the ice at Scotiabank Arena will see the teams clash, this is a National Broadcast. TNT will have the game in the States. Sportsnet will have the feed in Canada. 7 PM Eastern puck drop from Toronto. There’s a lot at stake for both teams as they seek wins to keep up with the division leaders in the Eastern Conference.