W2W4: Rangers And Devils Take It Outside For Stadium Series Clash

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Players To Watch


Rangers-Henrik Lundqvist: There is no question that in such a high-profile game as the Stadium Series contest Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium most definitely is, that the spotlight will shine brightest on Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers marquee player. In his one previous outdoor appearance Lundqvist had a string of brilliant moments, leading the Rangers to a 3-2 come-from-behind win in the 2012 Winter Classic over the Philadelphia Flyers. Of course in the waning seconds of that game Lundqvist made one of the most memorable plays in the history of NHL outdoor games when he preserved the victory by stopping Danny Briere on a penalty shot. In fact so bright is the spotlight on Lundqvist Sunday that his mere decision of which new special pads he will wear--pinstriped or old school--is highly-anticipated by the Blueshirts Faithful and media members alike. Most importantly Lundqvist enters the game playing very solid hockey. He has allowed two goals or fewer in seven consecutive starts, and even though he took a loss in his last start, 2-1 to the Blues on Thursday, he comes into Sunday's contest playing extremely well. In his career Lundqvist is 28-14-6 with seven shutouts and 1.86 GAA in 48 games against New Jersey. 


Devils-Eric Gelinas: The 22 year-old rookie defenseman has become a fixture on the Devils power play, and on its blueline, in short order. With six goals and 22 points in his first 41 games, Gelinas has provided much offensive support from the blueline position, and head coach Peter DeBoer has often stated that the power play revolves around the youngster, perhaps even moreso than around veterans Jaromir Jagr or Patrick Elias. Never was that in evidence more than on December 7th against the Rangers when DeBoer designed a play specifically for Gelinas when the Devils were awarded a power play in overtime. The plan worked as Gelinas drove the game-winning goal home--one of two game-winners he has on the season, and one of his four power play goals. The 2009 second rounder has six points in his last six games, including a career-high three-point night against the Blues this past Tuesday.