Rangers-Dominic Moore: He centers the Blueshirts' fourth line which may lead one to ask why Dom Moore would be a Player to Watch, but the veteran has stepped forward and, arguably, played his two best games of the season since returning from a seven-game injury absence, and his strong play has led head coach Alain Vigneault to more confidently play all four of his lines in Saturday's win in Montreal and Sunday's loss to the Kings. Moore has skated with a renewed vigor, has been tenacious on the forecheck, physical in his play, and his usual diligent self in the defensive zone, while also helping boost the Rangers penalty killing unit with his smart play while shorthanded. He has only one assist in 13 games this season, but there is much more to Dom than numbers, and that has been shown in spades in the two games since he rejoined the lineup.
Bruins-Torey Krug: The B's rookie defensman is no stranger to the Rangers, who were on the wrong end of Krug's coming out party during last year's Eastern Conference Semifinals when he scored four goals and added an assist in the Bruins five-game series win. He would go on to record only one more point in the playoffs, being blanked in his final eight games, including all six he played against Chicago in the Stanley Cup Finals, but Krug had made his mark and followed by sticking with Boston out of training camp this fall. The 22 year-old Krug has not disappointed posting six goals, six assists and 12 points in 20 games, so far, as an official NHL rookie---he had only three games of regular season NHL experience prior to this season. A free agent signee out of Michigan State University, Krug has proven to be a savvy pick up by the Bruins and currently leads the team's defensmen in scoring.