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Prospect Weekend Watch

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

What to watch for this weekend:

Ryan Callahan and the Guelph Storm kick off December with games on Thursday at Toronto, Friday against Windsor, and Saturday at Erie. While Callahan has hit the scoreboard against Toronto and Windsor, it is his rematch at Erie that has fans cheering. In their 6-4 victory on Oct. 16, Callahan played very well against the Otters, notching his second hat trick of the season. Guelph will need a similar effort from their second leading scorer to snap their two-game losing streak.

Joey Crabb and Colorado College battle the defending NCAA champions in a home and home series this weekend. The two teams have yet to meet this year, but Denver took the season series last year, 4-2. Crabb had two assists in the six games against Denver last season. Crabb is currently on a four-game point streak and will look to continue that this weekend.

Brandon Dubinsky and the Portland Winter Hawks will play a home-and-away series with Everett, away on Friday and home on Saturday. On Sunday, they will take on Tri-City at home. Dubinsky has notched one assist in two meetings with Everett and two goals and two assists in two contests against Tri-City. He is currently on a four-game point streak and will look to extend his steak this weekend.

Lauri Korpikoski and TPS Turku take to the road and face the Blues in Finnish League action. They then host Assat. Korpikoski had a three-game point streak earlier this season during which he faced both of these opponents. He tallied a goal in a 2-1 home victory over the Blues and then followed it up with an assist in a 3-2 road loss against Assat. This weekend, Korpikoski should look to add to the four points he has tallied so far this season.

Ryan Russell and the Kootenay Ice will play at Tri-City on Friday and at home against Lethbridge on Saturday. In the two previous meetings with Tri-City, one win (7-1) and one loss (0-3), he has registered one goal and one assist. Russell notched one goal and one assist in one meeting against Lethbridge, which resulted in a 3-2 win for the Ice. Look for Russell to continue to contribute and help the team come away with a pair of wins.

Marc Staal will look to extend his three-game point-scoring streak with three games this weekend as Sudbury goes up against Brampton, and at Belleville and Oshawa. Staal tallied the game-winning goal over the Brampton Battalion on Oct. 16 and had two assists in Sudbury's 6-3 thrashing over the Belleville Bulls on Nov. 4. Even more impressive, the captain had one of his best games of the season Sept. 30, when he tallied three assists in the Wolves 6-2 trouncing over the Oshawa Generals. Similar efforts should close the gap on that top defenseman ranking, which he trails by only 8 points despite playing in fewer games than any of the players currently ahead of him.
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