As part of the new Post-to-Post format, each day we’ll look ahead to the games of the day.
Two games are on tap tonight and both are out of conference match ups. The Kids in Edmonton play New Jersey and welcome back Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, while Tinseltown plays host to Broadway.
New Jersey at Edmonton
Both teams search for their first win as the Devils set off on their five-game Canadian road trip. Martin Brodeur gets the nod as Cory Schneider will ready himself for a matchup against his old team in Vancouver tomorrow night. Edmonton will be slightly more comfortable as they don’t embark on their six-game road trip until after tonight’s match. Devan Dubnyk will be sitting in place of Jason Labarbera, who gets his first start of the season.
Ryan Hugent-Hopkins makes his triumphant return, meaning Taylor Hall can move back to the wing where he’ll be significantly more comfortable. (Edmonton Journal)
Jaromir Jagr is off to a slow start as he’s a minus-2 with two shots after two games. (NHL.com)
Player To Watch: Through two games, 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov is pointless. It won’t stay like that for long, though, and when he scores, he could score big.
NY Rangers at Los Angeles
The last meeting between these two teams occurred exactly two years ago when the Kings took it in overtime in Stockholm, Sweden. Alain Vigneault searches for his first win as Rangers head coach as Marc Staal scored the Rangers’ only goal this season in a 4-1 loss to Phoenix. It was his first game back after suffering from a gruesome puck-to-the-eye injury on March 5. Quick looks to bounce back after being pulled against the Jets last Thursday.
The Rangers welcome back their captain Ryan Callahan who was recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. (NY Daily News)
The Kings’ next five games are against unfamiliar Eastern Conference foes in the Rangers, Senators, Hurricanes, Lightning and Panthers. (Yahoo Sports)
Player To Watch: Alain Vigneault’s system is supposed to bring out the offense in the Rangers lineup, but it was stalled at one goal against the Coyotes last week. Rick Nash especially is supposed to benefit from the new coach and we should start seeing it soon.