New York Rangers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 10/12/14
Toronto Maple Leafs (0-2-0) at New York Rangers (1-1-0)
NHL Hockey: Sunday
The Line: New York Rangers -165 / Toronto Maple Leafs +150 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Rangers open up their home schedule on Sunday night when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Rangers come into the contest 1-1-0 after splitting their first two contests of the season. Thursday night saw a great start to the season with a hard fought victory over the St. Louis Blues. Saturday night was a different story however and it's one head coach Alain Vigneault would like them to forget about. New York got off to a slow start and watched as the Columbus Blue Jackets dictated play early on. Columbus had a 1-0 lead before the Rangers found their footing but they couldn't find any way to beat Sergei Bobrovksky. Trailing 2-0 after a period of play the Rangers finally got on the board when Lee Stempniak buried his first goal as a Ranger. New York had multiple opportunities to get the game tied but it just wasn't their night. It was one of those games where New York was generating some pretty high quality chances but just could not put the puck in the net. When Columbus got their chances against backup goaltender Cam Talbot on the other end, they found a way to finish. The result was a 5-2 loss for New York and the home crowd at Madison Square Garden will be looking for a little more from the Blueshirts on Sunday night.
Toronto comes to town with an 0-2-0 record after blowing a third period lead against the rival Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night and then having their doors blown off on Saturday by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Toronto's defense and goaltending had no chance against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins star finished his night with a goal and two assists to lead Pittsburgh to a 3-0 first period lead that they would never look back from. Joffrey Lupul's goal early in the second period got the Maple Leafs on the board but it was as close as they'd come all night. Tyler Bozak added a goal for Toronto late in the third. Toronto knows that it is going to come down to how well they defend but with what they have back there it might not make a difference. Sunday night will be a good test for them because the Rangers love to use their speed to transition up ice quickly and generate chances. Jonathan Bernier has started both games to start the season but don't be surprised to see James Reimer in net with the back-to-back set and Toronto's early struggles.
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Henrik Lundqvist will return between the pipes for New York after getting Saturday night off and you can expect a much better effort from the Rangers in their home opener. Definitely leaning toward New York in this one but with the number at -165 it might not be worth it. These two teams will get up and down the ice and with the total sitting at five there looks to be some value there.