W2W4: Devil of a Challenge as Rangers Seek Fourth Straight Win

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Players To Watch


Rangers-Derek Dorsett: The NHL leader with 73 penalty minutes in 17 games this season, Dorsett is well-known and respected for his physical brand of play. In 2011-12 he led the NHL with a career-high 235 penalty minutes; and despite being listed perhaps generously at 6-feet tall and 190 pounds, he has a well-earned repuation as one of the toughest players in the league. However Dorsett has shown Ranger fans, and his new head coach Alain Vigneault, that there is more to his game than dropping the gloves. He has scored twice this season, including a clutch game-tying tally in the second period of Sunday's 4-3 victory over the Panthers, and has been generating offensive chances on a consistent basis. His ice time has increased as Vigneault has grown to trust him more---he logged 15:23 on Sunday. Perhaps a turning point for Dorsett was how he has played since the loss in St. Louis when he took three minor penalties including one in the third period that led to a backbreaking Blues power play goal. Dorsett has continued to get his nose dirty, but he has been played a much more intelligent game, which will be needed again against the Devils on Tuesday.


Devils-Cam Janssen: There most definitely is the possibility that Janssen and Dorsett could drop the gloves at some point on Tuesday---Janssen does have 752 career penalty minutes in 315 games--but what makes him a player to watch is his recent offensive explosion. Entering this season Janssen had scored only three goals his entire career, none since 2010-11, but since being activated by the Devils three games ago the 29 year-old bruiser has scored twice. Janssen is not going to see the minutes Dorsett does---he played a season-high 6:11 during Sunday's victory over the Predators---but he really is making the most of his limited shifts. Janssen has two goals on three shots and is a plus-two in his fourth-line role, and perhaps in the biggest surprise, has yet to take a penalty this season. However with his pugilistic history against the Rangers, it remains to be seen if his PIM total remains zero once Tuesday tilt is final.