Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ilya Mikheyev will miss at least three months after suffering a wrist laceration during Friday's game against the New Jersey Devils. The Rangers are 10th in aims scored (3.22 per recreation) nonetheless rank 26th in aims in opposition to (3.22).
Howden opened the scoring with his fifth goal this season at 1:41 of the first period from the slot, converting Strome's pass.
Kaapo Kakko vs. Frederik Andersen Sure, Andersen is winning (a league-best 19 games at the Christmas break), but in four of his last six starts has given up three or more goals, including 6-3 over the Rangers and somehow coming out ahead in the pre-Christmas 8-6 anything-goes game against Carolina.
Wild: 5-4-1, averaging 3.5 goals, six assists, 3.4 penalties and eight penalty minutes while giving up 3.3 goals per game with a.891 save percentage.
This will pose as yet another litmus test for the New York Rangers who are running out of time to prove that they should be considered a legitimate playoff team this year.
Mikheyev scored his eighth goal of the year in the game.
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It seems every game they get a player back, another one goes down.
The Maple Leafs found out before the game that they lost defenseman Jake Muzzin, the only Stanley Cup victor on their roster, with a broken foot. There are a lot of intangibles he brings from in the locker room to the bench, talking between whistles, and all those things.
The Maple Leafs entered the game 2-5-1 in the second game of back-to-back outings this season. Hischier had scored the game's first goal early.
The Maple Leafs evened the score on the power play.
While it may be hard to properly measure the impact of what a teammate brings off the ice in the way of intangibles, there's no doubt the Leafs are going to miss Ilya Mikheyev's presence as he recovers from wrist surgery. He's expected to make a full recovery and will remain in the hospital in New Jersey for further monitoring before returning to Toronto. He underwent surgery and spent the night in the hospital.