Ryan Callahan seems to be getting fully back in the swing of things after returning from his thumb injury earlier in the month. The Rangers’ captain accumulated one goal — the game-winner against Montreal Saturday night — two blocked shots, and 10 shots on goal in just three games. His physical play against New Jersey — seven hits — should set the tone for a hard-fought battle when the teams match up again in early December.
While goals are certainly important, it's Cally's gritty, physical style of play that helps him inspire his teammates and elevate the whole squad's energy level. It's no surprise he had two blocks in the important win in Montreal as he sacrificed his body to get in front of shots to help Cam Talbot on his way to his first career shutout. Punishing teams on the boards and then being able to push the puck forward is a key component to Vigneault's system and Callahan is an important cog in this potentially potent offensive system.