NEW YORK -- The Toronto Maple Leafs will hope to impact the Eastern Conference wild card race for the second time in as many nights Thursday.
But the New York Rangers won't have to do much to fare better against the Maple Leafs than their fiercest local rivals did Wednesday night.
The Rangers will become the final Eastern Conference team to resume the post-All-Star Break schedule Thursday, when they host the Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers will be playing for the first time since Jan. 25, when they salvaged the finale of a four-game road trip by edging the host San Jose Sharks 6-5. The Maple Leafs got their second half off to a rollicking start Wednesday, when they blanked the visiting New York Islanders 5-0.
The win by the Maple Leafs helped the Rangers (25-20-5), who remained tied with the Islanders for ninth place in the Eastern Conference. Both New York squads are one point behind the Philadelphia Flyers, who enter Thursday in sole possession of the second wild card. << Read More
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