Rangers-Chris Kreider: There is no question that since returning from his most recent stint with the Connecticut Whale in the AHL--where he scored six goals in eight games---Kreider has played with much more confidence, and has even brought a before-unseen edge to his game, getting involved in several post-whistle skirmishes the past two games. Looking much more often to make plays now, Kreider excelled Tuesday night in Philadelphia, firing a season-high four shots on goal and registering his second goal in 14 games with the Rangers this season. Kreider confidently went to the net and beat Ilya Bryzgalov late in the third period, finishing off a pretty passing sequence. If Kreider can build off that performance and become more of a steady offensive threat, the offensively challenged Rangers will be a much tougher team to play against over the final 16 games of ther season.
Senators-Ben Bishop: For the past month Bishop, and rookie Robin Lehner, have handled Ottawa's goaltending chores with veteran Craig Anderson sidelined due to a bad ankle sprain---one suffered in a February 21st match with the Rangers when Chris Kreider accidentally slid into him. Bishop has come through for the Sens, posting an overall 7-4-0 record in 11 appearances with an impressive .923 save percentage and solid 2.54 goals against average. The 6-foot-7 netminder has won each of his last three starts---though he has surrendered eight goals in that span---and will make the start tonight against the Rangers, a team he beat in relief of Anderson last month in a shootout. With Anderson expected to return to action soon, and Lehner considered the heir apparent, Bishop may very well be auditioning for other teams with the trade deadline coming up next week.