New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks to renew rivalry

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The New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks will face off for the first time in two years tonight.

Both teams were members of the original six NHL franchises but have only faced each other six times since 2009.

The Blackhawks, defending Stanley Cup champions are currently the second placed team in the western conference whilst the Rangers are just one point off the eight seed in the east.

Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane are in good form for the Blackhawks this season, accounting for 48 goals between them and will be sure to be stars at next months' Olympic games. 

The Rangers meanwhile, will rely on goalie Cam Talbot who has a .938 save percentage and is allowing just 1.44 goals per game during this mediocre season for his team.

Chicago can call on their own defensive maestro in the shape of defenseman Duncan Keith, a lead runner in the Norris Trophy race according to coach Joel Quenneville. "He's added another level or element to it," said Quenneville. "I just think consistency is the best way to measure defensmen and that's what we're seeing."

The Rangers will be no push over for the Blackhawks tonight however, Rick Nash said earlier today; "We're playing against the defending Stanley Cup champions, so it's going to be a tough game, and a good measuring stick for where we are."

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