Rangers-Henrik Lundqvist: An incredibly proud and fiercely competitive athlete, Henrik Lundqvist is more than chapped at having been pulled from Tuesday's game in San Jose, and will most likely be on top of his game against the Ducks Thursday. While he really can not be faulted for any of the four goals (on 26 shots) he allowed before being removed halfway through the game Tuesday, Lundqvist stewed on the bench for a long time, refusing to even take his mask off before several minutes had elapsed. When things got worse for his team as he sat on the bench, Lundqvist buried his face in his jersey several times. After the game he said he had begun the process of moving on. As the Rangers most important player, Lundqvist will be looked to by his teammates to set a much better tone on Thursday, and one suspects he will deliver. However Lundqvist is still trying to find his A Game. An admittedly slow starter every season, Lundqvist is sporting un-Henrik like numbers through three games: a 3.62 goals against average and an .897 save percentage. Throw the numbers out the window, however. Lundqvist needs to be a difference maker Thursday night.
Ducks-Teemu Selanne: After 22 years in the National Hockey League---15 over a pair of stints with the Ducks---Selanne announced this past summer that this will be his final season. He is the oldest player currently playing in the NHL---at age 43---but yet is still being counted on for a 20-goal season as one of the Ducks' top offensive threats. Selanne has produced 17 such 20+-goal campaigns in his career, starting with his magical 76-goal rookie season all the way back in 1992-93. Last year he potted 12 goals over 46 games in the lockout-shortened schedule, and so far is scoreless while having played two of Anaheim's first three games. Selanne is the NHL's 11th leading all-time goal scorer (675 goals) and ranked 15th all-time in points with 1,430; and his classy demeanor has made him one of the game's most popular players ever. While no Rangers fan would want to see Selanne do damage to the Blueshirts, enjoy one of your final looks at Selanne. His grace and skill and class will be missed the moment he retires at the end of this season.