Rangers Try To Inch Another Step Closer

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Rangers-John Moore: The young defenseman was praised again by his head coach John Tortorella following practice on Monday. Moore has quickly won over Tortorella and his new teammates with a tremendous skating skill which many compare to fellow Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, a long reach and wingspan, solid play in his own end, and a willingness and desire to get involved offensively. In 17 games with Columbus this year before being traded to the Rangers, Moore had one assist and was a -5. In ten games with the Rangers Moore has a goal, three assists, four points, and a +6 plus/minus rating. And he even engaged in his first NHL fight last week against Florida's Jack Skille, who he will see again this evening.

 

Panthers-Jonathan Huberdeau: The third overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft continues to be one of the few reasons to watch the Panthers down the stretch of the season. The 19 year-old Huberdeau has scored 14 goals, tallied 14 assists, and totaled 28 points this season, ranking second in all three categories on the Panthers. He leads all NHL rookies in goals scored and is tied with Ottawa's Cory Conacher for most points---and is a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate. Huberdeau also scored a simply gorgeous goal against Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers five nights ago at The Garden.