Rangers-Mats Zuccarello: As Rangers head coach John Tortorella stated on Friday, the team is not looking to the 5-foot-7 Norwegian to cure all of its offensive woes, but everyone is hopeful that he will be able to help generate more offense for the club ranked dead last in goals scored in the NHL. Zuccarello posted 11-17-28 numbers in 44 games over in the KHL this season, but hasn't played a game in a couple of weeks. Expect him to provide jump, though, as he is excited to be back with the Rangers, and is hungry to prove once again that he is an NHL player. At the time he fractured his wrist blocking a shot last March, Zuccarello was playing his best hockey as a Ranger---with Torts saying that the 25 year-old had figured things out at both ends of the ice. More of the same would be quite nice right about now for the Blueshirts.
Canadiens-P.K. Subban: Though he missed the first six games this season in a salary dispute, Subban has not missed a beat since, paying terrific dividends on that new contract for Montreal. Subban is nearly a point-a-game player this year with ten goals, 14 assists, and 24 points in 27 games played. Subban leads all NHL defensemen in goals, and is third in points. He also has registered a team-high-tying six power play goals, and his +9 plus/minus rating is second best on the Canadiens. Subban, who notched his 100th career point in Wednesday's wild victory in Boston, could conceivably top his career-best 38 point rookie campaign even in this shortened season.