W2W4: Rangers And Senators Set For First Meeting Of The Season

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Players To Watch


Rangers-Cam Talbot: He has not played in exactly two weeks as Henrik Lundqvist has carried the workload between the pipes for the Rangers, but on Saturday Talbot will get the call against the Senators, and he said on Fridat that despite the layoff he feels well prepared physically and mentally to help keep the Rangers on a roll. Talbot has been a revelation with a 9-3-0 record in 12 starts, 14 appearances, to go along with a 1.66 goals against average, .938 save percentage, and two shutouts. Talbot has been real good in Saturday starts up in Canada, too, having shut out the Canadiens 2-0 in Montreal on November 16th and then having beaten the Maple Leafs in Toronto on January 4th by the score of 7-1. He has surrendered more than two goals just twice so far, though he will be challenged by a good Ottawa offense on Saturday. Playing for only the second time in 11 games we will all see just how sharp Talbot is against the Senators.


Senators-Bobby Ryan: Snubbed by Team USA for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Ryan made no bones about how upset he was about the decision, and even engaged in a war of words with Brian Burke about it. An extremely gifted offensive player Ryan is having a solid first year in Ottawa, after being acquired from Anaheim over the summer. Ryan leads the Sens with 19 goals and is second on the team with 38 points. He ranks in the top 20 in the NHL in both goals scored (17th overall) and power play goals (19th with six). A four-time 30-goal scorer with the Ducks, Ryan scored just 11 in last year's abridged season, precipitating his trade to Ottawa. The Cherry Hill, NJ native had been pretty quiet, though, on the ice since Team USA's announcement. He finally scored against Montreal on Thursday, snapping a six-game goal scoring drought, his longest of the season. With size, speed, and skill, Ryan will be a tough one to match up against for both Ryan McDonagh and Dam Girardi Saturday afternoon.