Rangers: After a slow start to the season in this category, the Rangers penalty killing unit has stepped up over the past two weeks. After killing off all four Washington power plays on Sunday, the Rangers have now gone five straight games without surrendering a power play goal. The Blueshirts are 16 for their last 16 on the penalty kill and have moved into eighth place in the NHL in the PK department with an 84.2 percent success rate. After starting the season with a perfect 7-for-7 performance against the Bruins, the Rangers had allowed at least one power play goal in eight straight games before their recent five-game success.
Canadiens: After a miserable start to the 2013 season, Max Pacorietty scored his first goal of the season Monday night against Carolina, snapping a ten-game drought this year. A 33-goal, 65-point scorer a year ago, Pacorietty had six assists in nine games this season before coming alive with a two-assist outing against the Flyers Saturday and his one-goal, one-assist performance vs. the Hurricanes on Monday.