W2W4: Rangers Face Familiar Playoff Foe Wednesday In D.C.

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Rangers-Derek Dorsett: The rugged Rangers winger was visibly upset following Saturday's loss in St. Louis, taking full responsibility for his third-period penalty that led to the Blues' fifth goal which ended hopes of a Blueshirt comeback. He is a player who plays right on the edge at all times and Saturday he crossed the line taking three minor penalties, including that crushing one in the final period. There's no question Dorsett cares and is passionate about his role and the team's success. Let's see how he reacts to feeling like he let his team down in the previous game. Dorsett can be the type of player who swings momentum of games to the Rangers' side when he is playing smart, fierce hockey. That is what the Rangers need Wednesday in Washington. And with Arron Asham sent to the minors, Dorsett is now the one player in a Rangers jersey consistently willing to drop the gloves and play the role of protector, adding to his importance to the team. With 32 penalty minutes Dorsett leads the NHL in that category, but he needs to take smart penalties not ones that hurt his team moving forward.

 

Capitals-Alex Ovechkin: The league's reigning MVP and top goal scorer is back at it already this year---Ovechkin has six goals, second most in the NHL behind Tomas Hertl's seven, and nine points in Washington's first six games. Half of those goals have been scored on the power play, where the Caps have been lethally good so far, but he is also a minus-3 and rode the bench for a while a few games ago after angering head coach Adam Oates with his subpar, carefree play. The Rangers shut Ovechkin down last spring in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, limiting him to one goal nd one assist over seven games. The proud Russian will most certainly look to pay the Rangers back a bit on Wednesday. Arguably the league's most dynamic player, Ovechkin has captured three Hart Trophies and three Rocket Richard Trophies already in his career, while accumulating 377 goals in 607 career games.