The Rangers couldn’t solve Montreal’s stout defensive effort

Toronto Maple Leafs: Frederik Andersen remains ‘the guy’ in Toronto. Despite denying 39 of 40 shots in Tuesday’s 3-1 victory over the Stars, backup Curtis McElhinney isn’t tapped to play Thursday, when the Blues visit. Mind you, a tighter performance from Leafs’ skaters – like we saw in front of McElhinney Tuesday – should offer Andersen cheap hockey jerseys a chance at redemption after his four recent forgettable starts (19 goals allowed).
1. Pekka Rinne (NSH) Rinne followed up Saturday’s strong performance with another stellar outing Monday. He’s now stopped 50 of the last 52 shots Pittsburgh’s sent his way compared to just 28 of 36 during the first two games of the series.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Several NHL Insiders – including our own Pierre LeBrun – have discussed the genuine possibility of the Penguins trading Marc-Andre Fleury to the Stars before this winter’s deadline. Owned in more than 60 percent of ESPN leagues, Fleury has started all of once in nearly a month – a 4-1 victory over the Blues. A move to any half-baked contender would at least offer the veteran the chance to compete. If you’ve held onto Fleury this long, may as well give it another week or so.

The Rangers couldn’t solve Montreal’s stout defensive effort, barely getting any zone time and failing to establish a forecheck to make life hard for the visitors. Carey Price was seldom tested, seeing 12 shots through two periods. Too many Rangers have provided next to nothing, and for Mika Zibanejad it resulted in him seeing less ice time in the third. Boo birds filled the Garden during the third period.
This time around he’s made a bigger impact. Logan Shaw Wholesale jersey On Thursday, he won a power-play draw to earn his first NHL point.
Finally all that toil paid off this season as he got off to a hot start with the Senators AHL affiliate – the Belleville Senators – and earned the call-up to the big club. He did play three games with the big team last year, but didn’t register a point and had only six penalty minutes to show for his cup of coffee.
The Boston Bruins have reportedly offered the restricted free agent a long-term contract worth $6 million per season, according to Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe.
If not for a few other stud rookies on this list, those numbers would have earned Werenski the 2016-17 Calder Trophy. There’s no need to stress over it, though, as he – and Wennberg – should be earning cash hand over fist in the very near future.