Rangers-Rick Nash: Coming off a dominating performance against the Kings Monday night Nash will look to follow it up with another big-time performance Tuesday in San Jose. Nash seemed to own the offensive zone against the Kings, imposing his will at every turn, with six shots on goal including several Grade A scoring chances. The Rangers have scored four goals in their first two games and while Nash has yet to score, he has assisted on three already. The only current player to have registered 20 or more goals nine years running after his 21-goal first year with the Blueshirts last season, the Rangers have high expectations for Nash in 2013-14, especially now that he is more settled in New York, has had a full training camp unlike a year ago, and that he is now playing for a coach who wants his most skilled players to be as creative as they can be within the team concept. In 33 career games against the Sharks, Nash has averaged a goal every two games, sitting at 17 right now.
Sharks-Tomas Hertl: Think San Jose Sharks and you think of Patrick Marleau or Joe Thornton or Logan Couture or Dan Boyle or goaltender Antti Niemi. You probably don't think of Tomas Hertl. That may change pretty soon because the 19 year-old native of the Czech Republic already has two goals and three points in his first two NHL games this season. After earning an assist in his NHL debut on October 3rd against the Canucks, Hertl scored twice in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. The 2012 first-round draft pick has good size---6-foot-2, 210 pounds, lots of talent---18 goals and 30 points in the top Czech league a year ago, and a penchant for playing well in big games---in two World Junior Championships he totaled ten points in 12 games. The Rangers must keep their eyes on this youngster Tuesday night.