Saturday, January 26, 2013
W2W4: Rangers vs. Maple Leafs
By Katie Strang
At a glance: Both the Rangers and Maple Leafs are looking to gain some traction and bounce back after disappointing losses. New York’s latest loss -- their third in four games to start the season -- came at the hands of the injury-depleted Flyers on Thursday, while Toronto blew a two-goal lead to fall 7-4 to the Islanders at home.
Recent addition: Newly-acquired forward Benn Ferriero was recalled from Connecticut (AHL) Saturday morning and is set to make his Rangers debut. Ferriero joined the club earlier this week in a trade that sent minor-league forward Chad Kolarik back to the Penguins. Ferriero had four goals and 14 assists in 34 games for the AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this season, but the 25-year-old winger has 92 games of NHL experience on his resume as well. Ferriero split time with the Sharks and the team’s AHL affiliate in Worcester from 2009-12.
Reimer reason: Goaltender James Reimer is expected to start in net Saturday for the Leafs. This will be the second start of the season for the 24-year-old netminder, who made seven saves in relief of starter Ben Scrivens on Thursday against the Isles. Reimer posted a win in his first start of the season, making 28 saves as the Leafs knocked off the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, 5-2.
On the mend: According to the Bergen Record, Rangers rookie Chris Kreider is day-to-day with a bone chip in his ankle, revealed after the 21-year-old underwent an MRI on Friday. Kreider was a healthy scratch Thursday in the Rangers' 2-1 loss to the Flyers.
Power outage: Coach John Tortorella wasn’t satisfied with the production and play of his front-loaded first line after Thursday’s game. The trio of Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards and Rick Nash combined for only one point in the team’s third loss of the season. It was a stark contrast from one night prior, when the line lit up the Bruins for a combined three goals and two assists.
Good call: Toronto’s Mark Frattin, recalled in the wake of Joffrey Lupul’s injury, made himself right at home in his season debut with the Leafs. The 25-year-old forward was the bright spot in a disappointing loss Thursday, finishing with one goal and two assists against the Islanders.
Asham back: It appears that rugged winger Arron Asham will return to the lineup Saturday after missing the last two games with a mild groin strain. Asham will likely skate with Ferriero and center Jeff Halpern on the fourth line.