JIM: I know he takes more heat on BSU than any other Ranger---and he no doubt has struggled mightily out of the chute this season---but I thought Michael Del Zotto played a strong game last night against the Sabres. His game is coming along at both ends, and certainly these two against the Islanders and Sabres have been among his best this year. Del Zotto moved the puck smartly on the power plays, assisting on Derick Brassard's goal, and he did a much better job getting the puck out of his own end of the ice. He also looked for his shot a bit more, ending up with two shots on goal, nd seemed to show more confidence out there. I loved his effort racing back to break up an early third-period odd-man rush by the Sabres, though it was his gveaway late in the second which forced Henrik Lundqvist into a pair of tough saves in the final minute. All in all, though, Del Zotto gave the Rangers a solid 22+ minutes last night.
MATT: My unsung hero was John Moore, who — not unlike Del Zotto — struggled early but has definitely improved his game over the last several weeks. While a lot of focus on the Rangers' back-end is put on the top two pairs — and rightfully so — Moore has been very solid on the bottom pair with Del Zotto, thanks in large part to his speed, which allows him to carry the puck up the ice and join the rush without getting caught. There are plenty of speedsters on this team, but for me, the guy I love to watch skate the most is Moore. It's just so smooth and effortless. He finished with two shots and one blocked shot in 19:10.