Payback Time At The Garden

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Players To Watch

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Rangers-Rick Nash: Coming off a dominant two-goal performance Monday night in the opener of this home-and-home set with the Maple Leafs, Nash is in the middle of one of his best stretches of play this season---exactly when the Rangers need it the most, too, battling for a playoff spot, now with nine games remaining on the schedule. In his last eight games Nash has scored seven goals and totaled 10 points. He has two multiple-goal games in that stretch, and four multi-point contests. On the season he leads the Rangers with 17 goals, 18 assists, and 35 points in 35 game splayed---an average of exactly a point per game. Nash is now tied for tenth in the NHL in goal-scoring an has cracked the Top-25 in points. He also has four points (2-2-4) in two games against the Maple Leafs this season.

 

Maple Leafs-Phil Kessel: Like Nash, Kessel recorded a two-goal game on Monday---including the game-winning goal midway through the third period, 39 seconds after the Rangers had evened the score. Unlike Nash, Kessel has been struggling mightily to score goals recently. Kessel snapped a nine-game goal drought with his goals on Monday, and now has 12 on the season. Also like Nash he is averaging exactly one point per game, with 38 points in 38 matches (12-26-38). Kessel currenlty ranks eighth in the NHL in assists and 14th in points.