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Prospect Weekend Watch

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

What to watch for this weekend:

Joey Crabb and Colorado College play host to Jordan Foote and Michigan Tech in two games this weekend. This is the first meeting for these division rivals this season. Last season, Colorado College swept the Huskies in the four-game season series, winning by an average of almost four goals a game. Crabb tallied at least a point in every game against Tech and had three goals and three assists in the four games. Foote played in only two games and didn't register a point.

Brandon Dubinsky and the Portland Winter Hawks play Saturday at Seattle and Sunday at home vs. Regina. In three meetings with Seattle this year, he has four points from two goals and two assists. The Winter Hawks have yet to face Regina this season. Look for Dubinsky to extend his five game point streak this weekend.

Martin Richter and Bili Tygri Liberec face Jakub Petruzalek and Chemopetrol Litvinov this Sunday. In their only other meeting this season, Bili Tygri tied Chemopetrol 4-4 in Litvinov. Richter tallied an assist in that game; while, Petruzalek did not play. Richter has registered four goals and six assists for 10 points in 21 games this season for Liberec, along with 24 penalty minutes. Petruzalek has tallied a goal and an assist in eight games this season for Litvinov.

Ryan Russell and the Kootenay Ice will play three games this weekend, Friday at Swift Current, Saturday at Medicine Hat and Sunday at home vs. Prince George. In one meeting with Swift Current, he has two points from one goal and one assist. He has one assist in one game against Medicine Hat and one assist in two games against Prince George. In these three meetings, watch for Russell to extend his six game point streak.

Marc Staal and the Sudbury Wolves play in only one game this weekend, but it's a pivotal match-up that pits the second place Wolves against the first place Barrie Colts. Only three points separate the teams, with a five-point swing in the standings at stake. The Wolves avenged an embarrassing 3-9 loss to Barrie on Sept. 30th with a 7-1 thrashing of the Colts on Oct. 14th. Staal propelled Sudbury in that game, tallying two assists and the Wolves will no doubt look towards their captain to lead them into this crucial battle yet again. With so much pressure resting on his shoulders, the New York Rangers will be very interested to see how their highly touted first round draft choice responds. The two teams won't meet again until January 27 in Barrie.
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