Rangers-Henrik Lundqvist: With the Rangers reeling a bit and admittedly lacking in confidence, the team will naturally look to its backbone in Lundqvist to help turn things around. Lundqvist has been very good as of late lowering his goal against average to 2.29 and raising his save percentage to .918 on the season. In his last 12 starts he has posted a 1.98 goals against average and .927 save percentage while going 7-4-1, following his 35-save effort in his last start Thursday in Ottawa. Now the Rangers will ask him to be even better, to help restore the overall team confidence. It is a role Lundqvist knows well from his years on Broadway, and one can expect to see him deliver again with the home crowd behind him and the team both tonight and throughout the four-game homestand.
Jets-Andrew Ladd: The Jets captain is also their leading scorer this season with ten goals and 17 points in 18 games. And the goals have been coming pretty regularly as of late for Ladd, who has scored goals in three of his last four games---including the one which sealed Winnipeg's win in New Jersey on Sunday---and he has now moved up into seventh place in the league's goal scoring race. In the first four games of this road trip Ladd has recorded five points (3-2-5), buoyed by a three-point outing in Carolina. As consistent a player as they come, the hard-nosed Ladd scored 28 goals a year ago after netting 29 the season before.