Monster to start vs. Rangers

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:50 PM ET

TORONTO -- Ron Wilson made both his goaltenders very happy without changing a thing on his lineup card this weekend.

By keeping Jonas Gustavsson's name as the starter against the New York Rangers on Saturday, Wilson will reward the rookie for his 6-0 winning streak with another home start, which will be against Swedish national team pal Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.

"Of course it's going to be exciting," Gustavsson said Friday, noting he didn't oppose Lundqvist in either of the Leaf-Ranger games in October. "He's the first goalie of this generation in Sweden to make it the whole way and everyone back there has wanted to be the next Lundqvist. It should be interesting the next couple of years because a lot of goalies (inspired by him) will be coming out."

Adjusting the rotation with Jean-Sebastien Giguere also puts the latter on a new schedule to play Game 82 in his home province on April 10 in Montreal. Giguere won't get too rusty as he will play this Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Giguere has spent the majority of his career in the Western Conference, so games against the Canadiens are few and far between.

"I'll be really excited," said Giguere, who is looking into renting a Bell Centre suite for the game. "My family hasn't really seen me play for the Leafs yet. I'm happy that (Wilson) came to see me, because it saved me going to ask him."

Wilson's Leafs have won eight of their past 11 games, allowing just 27 goals, with Gustavsson pushing his save percentage up to .919 in that 6-0 span.

"We've had good goaltending since that (Jan. 31) trade for Giguere," Wilson said. "He's calmed down Jonas a lot."

The Leafs had an optional practice at the Mastercard Centre on Friday, once more concentrating on deflections, the kind that centre Mikhail Grabovski had to win Thursday night's overtime game in Atlanta.


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