Rangers-Chris Kreider: With Rick Nash sidelined, Kreider has been afforded another opportunity at increased playing time as a top six forward. The rookie winger, who has one goal and two points in eight games this season and was assigned to the minor leagues for one game last week, is expected to skate on a line with Brad Richards and Ryan Callahan---just as he did in playing just under 15 minutes Tuesday against the Canadiens---tonight in Ottawa. And if that doesn't spark his offensive game, perhaps playing the Senators will. Last spring, fresh out of Boston College and winning an NCAA Championship, Kreider stepped into the opening round playoff series against Ottawa and scored his first profesisonal goal---the game-winner, too---as the Rangers staved off elimination with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory in Game 6 at Scotiabank Place---the Blueshirts most recent visit to Ottawa prior to tonight.
Senators: Craig Anderson: After a solid 2011-12 season, and a terrific performance in the Senators' seven-game opening-round playoff loss to the Rangers, Anderson has arguably been the top goalie in the NHL so far in 2013. The 31 year-old goaltender has started 14 of Ottawa's first 17 games this season, posting an 8-4-2 record, while leading the league in goals against average (1.57) and save percentage (an eye-popping .950). He has also backstopped two shutouts and has allowed one goal or less eight times already this season. However he has surrendered 13 goals in his last six starts---certainly solid numbers, but not the off-the-charts stats he posted to start the season.