W2W4: Post Thanksgiving Clash Awaits Rangers in Boston

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Players To Watch


Rangers-Ryan Callahan: As the Rangers look to continue to fight their way out of their scoring doldrums it would be a major boost if Ryan Callahan could get his offenisve game back in gear. Callahan has gone six games without a goal, and has just one lone assist in that span. In his last nine games Callahan has just two points, with a goal and an assist in that span. As such head coach Alain Vigneault shifted Callahan off of the top line with Rick Nash and Brad Richards and put him with Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot the last game against Florida. While Callahan had a fairly quiet night, Brassard scored a power play goal and Pouliot had one of his stronger games in a while, so Vigneault has to be hoping Callahan might get going wth these new linemates this weekend when the Rangers skate against the Bruins and the Canucks to close out the month of November. Callahan leads the team with four power play goals and second in total goals with six; and he is 6-3-9 in 17 games played this season.


Bruins-Tuukka Rask: Not ony did Rask shut down the Rangers last spring---surrendering only ten goals in their five-game playoff series---he picked right up where he left off stopping 43 of 44 shots ten days ago when the Bruins beat the Blueshirts 2-1 at Madison Square Garden. Rask has fashioned a 1.89 goals against average and .936 save percentage in 21 appearances this season, among the league leaders in both categories, but is coming off a game in which he allowed six goals in a 6-1 loss to the Red Wings. The 26 year-old Finnish product owns a 2.11 career goals against average and .928 save percentage in 159 games and has backstopped 18 shutouts since beginning his NHL career with the Bruins in 2007-08.