Panarin, Rangers to host the Maple Leafs
New York; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Artemi Panarin and New York hit the ice against Toronto. Panarin currently ranks fifth in the league with 71 points, scoring 27 goals and recording 44 assists.
The Rangers are 18-12-2 against Eastern Conference opponents. New York serves 12.3 penalty minutes per game, the most in the NHL. Brendan Lemieux leads the team serving 89 total minutes.
The Maple Leafs are 15-11-5 in Eastern Conference play. Toronto averages 3.1 penalties per game, the fewest in the league. Jake Muzzin leads them averaging 0.4.
In their last meeting on Dec. 28, New York won 5-4. Ryan Strome scored a team-high two goals for the Rangers in the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Panarin leads the Rangers with 27 goals and has totaled 71 points. Mika Zibanejad has totaled four goals and eight assists over the last 10 games for New York.
LAST 10 GAMES: Maple Leafs: 4-4-2, averaging 3.6 goals, six assists, 2.7 penalties and 5.4 penalty minutes while giving up 3.8 goals per game with a .875 save percentage.
Rangers: 6-4-0, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.8 assists, 4.1 penalties and 13.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.8 goals per game with a .910 save percentage.
INJURIES: Rangers: Chris Kreider: day to day (undisclosed).
Maple Leafs: Frederik Andersen: day to day (upper body).