A Chance For Rangers Redemption

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Players To Watch


Rangers-Micheal Haley: It's a small sample, but the in the five games since being recalled by the Rangers from the Connecticut Whale, Haley has shown to be a very servicable player, and not just the one-dimensional fighter he built his reputation as the previous three seasons with the Islanders. Haley has proven to be reliable in all areas of the ice, and a player who provides grit and energy on every shift, playing aggressively without taking dumb penalties. He was credited with six hits in seven minutes last Friday against the Senators, had three in just over four minutes prior against the Flyers, and has gained John Tortorella's confidence. Tuesday night in Buffalo Haley was moved up to second-line duty, and early in the third period he nearly had his first goal as a Rangers, but was robbed point blank by Sabres netminder Jhonas Enroth. Haley took two shots on goal, delivered two hits, and played a season-high 10:06. In five games he is still seeking his first point and has seven penalty minutes, while infusing the lineup with a much-needed jolt of adrenaline.


Jets-Nik Antropov: Briefly a Ranger in 2008-09, Antropov is in the midst of an average season with the Jets, though he is coming of fhis best game of the season. Antropov notched a season-high three points (1-2-3) in Tuesday's win over the Maple Leafs--another of his former teams. He now has points in three consecutive games (1-4-5) and has produced 12 (2-10-12) in 26 games this season, to go along with a +9 plus/minus rating. A three-time 20-goal scorer, Antropov notched 15 goals and 35 points in 69 games during the Jets inaugural season a year ago.