Rangers Host Pens In Home Opener Tonight

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Players To Watch


Rangers-Arron Asham: After serving the final game of his four-game suspension which carried over from last spring's playoffs Asham will get to make his Rangers debut this evening. And he will get to do it against the team with whom he spent the previous two seasons, the Penguins. So one can expect Asham to be playing with plenty of jump tonight, for multiple reasons, and he could very well help energize a Rangers team that seemed a bit lethargic in its all-around game Saturday night in Boston. Asham is a hard-nosed banger, who also has some scoring touch, and he has plenty of experience playing against former teams as the Rangers will be the sixth one he has played for. No matter how many minutes he plays this evening, expect to notice Arron Asham.


Penguins-Sidney Crosby: Healthy and reportedly in top-notch physical condition, Crosby seems more hungry and motivated than ever to reclaim his spot as the league's top player. Last year was just a warm up when Crosby recorded 37 points in 22 games after putting his concussion woes behind him late in the season, and now the work stoppage has helped further distance him from his head injuries. The numbers speak for themself: 223 goals and 609 points in only 435 career games---and still only 25 years of age. Add to the mix that Crosby has always loved playing at Madison Square Garden and against the Blueshirts---he has 20 goals and 57 points lifetime vs. New York, and currently owns a 13-game point scroing streak vs. the Blueshirts---and you know that the home team will have their hands full with Sid the Kid tonight.