MATT: This selection was very easy for me. I loved Dan Carcillo's game. He's never going to wow you or impress you with his skill, but that's not why he's in the lineup. He's there to take the body and mix things up between the whistle, which he never passed up an opportunity to do. He finished with eight hits, the most by any Ranger in a single game this season. Aside from the physicality, Carcillo works every shift and was effective along the boards and on the forecheck on a line with Dom Moore and Brian Boyle, which I think has been a very effective fourth line the last two games. I'm not a huge proponent of fighting, but I do think the Rangers needed someone like Carcillo in the lineup with the injury to Derek Dorsett, and thus far, it's paid off.
JIM: Totally agree, Matt. This was a no-brainer choice for me. I really feel Daniel Carcillo helped turn the momentum of the game in the Rangers favor with his physical play, especially in the latter stages of the second period. He took the body every chance he got, and was real good on the forecheck as you mentioned with Brian Boyle and Dom Moore. Carcillo was also smart with the puck, making the simple plays, chipping it out of his end, chipping it in deep in the offensive zone. He also stayed out of the penalty box while still annoying the Stars by banging them each and every shift. A team feeds off that kind of play, and I think the Rangers did feed off Daniel Carcillo Friday night. Real interested to see his play and presence Sunday against his old team, the Flyers.