W2W4: Rangers Renew Rivalry With Devils Saturday Night

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Players To Watch


Rangers-Taylor Pyatt: With The Rangers now minus Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan, who are both injured, head coach Alain Vigneault has turned to veteran forward Taylor Pyatt to assume a spot on the team's No. 1 line alongside Derick Brassard and Brad Richards for Saturday's game with the Devils. Though he has yet to record a point this season, Pyatt's skill-set of playing strong along the wall and consistently cycling the puck down low, to go along with a willingness to go to the net should messh well with the more creative styles preferred by Brassard and Richards, according to Vigneault. Not only will Pyatt play on the top line at even strength, he will also be part of the team's top power play unit, and he admitted on Friday that he knows it's important for him to contribute offensively now. Last year Pyatt notched 6 goals, including one on the power play, in his first season as a Ranger. He has scored more than 20 goals just once in his career (23 in 2006-07), but he did notch 18 as recently as 2010-11 with the Coyotes. The Rangers need production---and soon---from the 32 year-old Pyatt as the team deals with major injuries up front.


Devils: Cory Schneider: The Devils made a bold Draft-day trade to acquire the heir apparent to Martin Brodeur by acquiring Schneider from the Canucks, where he was coached by Alain Vigneault the first five years of his career. Schneider played soldily for Vigneault in each of the past three seasons, splitting goaltending chores with Roberto Luongo, and standing out in 2011-12 with a 1.96 goals against average and .937 save percentage. So far this season the 27 year-old Schneider has split time between the pipes with the legendary Brodeur, and he starts against the Rangers after Brodeur struggled mightily in Ottawa Thursday night. In three starts Schneider is 0-2-1 with a 2.65 goals against average and .908 save percentage, but you know that he wil lwant to show his best for the winless Devils, especially with Vigneault on the opposing bench.