W2W4: Rangers Turn Page and Face Blues in St. Louis

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Rangers-Martin Biron: Alain Vigneault has stated he needs his back-up goaltender to make around 20 starts this season, especially with Henrik Lundqvist taking part in the Olympics come February. Enter Martin Biron, who fended off early training camp competition from Johan Hedberg and Cam Talbot, and is serving hs fourth straight year as Lundqvist's understudy. His first start of the season comes Saturday against a very deep and talented St. Louis Blues team, and with his own club in dire need of a spark after having surrendered 15 goals in its previous two games. Biron, who was thrown to the wolves in relief of Lundqvist during Tuesday's 9-2 defeat in San Jose, surrendering five goals over the secomd half of the game, has proved more than capable of sparking the Rangers in each of the past three seasons---especially in 2011-12 when he was12-6-2 with two shutouts in 21 appearances. A strong first period in which Biron earns the trust of his teammates and the Rangers start to build back their confidence is paramount on Saturday, marking perhaps Biron's most important start of his Blueshirts career.

 

Blues-Alex Steen: The last time the Rangers visited St. Louis---on December 15, 2011---Steen scored a goal and an assist in the Blues' 4-1 victory. The two-time 20-goal scorer is off to a strong start for the Blues this season, leading the team with three goals and having scored one in each of the first three games, to go along ith his team-best four points. A smart, two-way player Steen has never topped 24 goals nor 51 points, but at age 29 many believe he is poised for an offenisve breakthrough in 2013-14. There are many weapons on this Blues roster, but the Rangers can not ignore Steen, who is kind of a deadly assasin when compared with some of his higher profile teammates.