Rangers-Brad Richards: What a difference a few days make. Following Tuesday's loss in Philadelphia, in which he was held without a shot on goal and lost a key face off which led directly to a Flyers goal, Richards sat in the corner of the empty postgame dressing room with his head down as dejected as any player could be. Then Richards notched a goal and an assist in Thursday's 6-1 win over the Panthers. Then he was the benficiary of some good bounces en-route to his first career Hat Trick in Friday's 8-4 win up in Buffalo. Now with four goals and five points in his last two games, Richards' mood has brightened, though he refuses to analyze his current upswing. Richards has built his career on big game performances and thriving in the playoffs. Perhaps it is all coming together at the perfect time for Richards. Certainly the Rangers are hoping so because if the Blueshirts are going to make a run in the post-season, Richards needs to be a big part of it.
Devils-Patrick Elias: Like Martin Brodeur, Elias is Devil through and through. The just-turned 37 year-old forward has spent all 1,086 games of his NHL career with New Jersey and is one of the Devils' all-time great players, totaling 374 goals and 927 points to date. A ten-time 20-goal scorer---who scored a career-best 40 in 2000-01---Elias has potted 13 this season, including a pair Saturday afternoon against the Panthers. Elias ranks second on the team in goals this year, and leads the Devils with 33 points. Just last year he recorded 78 points, the third-highest total in his career, as Elias shows no signs of slowing down despite his advanced age.