Rangers Seek Redemption vs. Flyers

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Rangers-Michael Del Zotto: After recording his first multi-point game of the year Saturday against the Maple Leafs, Del Zotto now has four points (1-3-4) in five games this season. All four of those points have come on home ice, where last season Del Zotto notched 28 of his career-high 41 points at Madison Square Garden. And it seems clear that Del Zotto, who was praised by head coach John Tortorella throughout training camp, has earned his coach's trust as evidenced by the team-high 26:40 worth of ice-time he received Saturday and the fact that he has been skating regularly as part of a five-man even-strength unit along with defense partner Marc Staal and high-powered forwards Marian Gaborik-Brad Richards-and Rick Nash. As long as he keeps making sweet plays offensively---like his gorgeous set-up on Staal's game-tying goal against Toronto---and he remains committed defensively, Del Zotto's ice-time will remain high, and his numbers should continue to be there accordingly.

 

Flyers-Matt Read: Coming off a solid rookie season in which he surprised many by scoring 24 goals and producing 47 points, Read now faces much higher expectations in 2013. And he began to deliver on those expectations Saturday when he notched a Hat Trick---scoring three goals on three shots---in Philly's 7-1 road win in Florida. While those are his only goals of the season through five games, Read followed up that big-time performance with a pair of great scoring chances which were denied by Tampa goalie Anders Lindback in Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Lightning. A gritty forward with a nose for the net, it is clear that Read---who earned up an assist and logged nearly 20 minutes of ice-time last Thursday against the Rangers---is picking up his game and needs to be watched tonight at The Garden by the home team.