Fresh off of a 3-0 shutout win over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night, the Bruins are in Manhattan to take on the New York Rangers. The Rangers were also in action on Monday and escaped Pittsburgh with a 3-2 overtime win over the Penguins.
The Rangers have started the year with a 10-7-1 record, but have struggled in their own building with a 4-5-1 mark on home ice. Brandon Dubinsky (10 goals) and Brian Boyle (8 goals) are the leading goal scorers for the Rangers through 18 games. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist had a bit of an up and down year so far. The Swedish stopper has a fairly solid .921 save percentage, but has had 5 games this season where he has given up 4 or more goals. The 28-year-old netminder has been a Bruins killer over the course of his NHL career. He is 14-4-2 lifetime against the B's with 4 shutouts, a .951 save percentage, and a 1.42 goals against average.
The Bruins could get defenseman Johnny Boychuk back tonight after missing almost a month with a broken forearm (a injury that came courtesy of a Brandon Dubinsky slash). Boychuk is practicing with the team and is listed as day-to-day.
- The big story involving the Rangers this week is Sean Avery's borderline sucker punch on Vladislav Smid of the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night. With Avery's own teammates throwing him under the bus to the media, one has to wonder what that the atmosphere in the Rangers' room is like this week.
- This time of year, every blog out there is campaigning for their guy to make it to the All-Star Game. Most of the time they are fan favorites and likable players who are having a good season: there was the whole "Vote for Rory" push a few years ago, there was Aaron Ward's quest to make an All-Star team, Days of Y'Orr telling you to vote for half the Bruins roster, and now there is a new head-scratching campaign. It appears that Rangers fans want to send Sean Avery to the All-Star Game. Huh? I have to admit, with the new format it would be fun to see where Avery got picked.
- Apparently, this business journalist does not completely grasp the nuances of the NHL salary cap.
- The Rangers have struggled on draws this year, winning just 42.5% of face-offs (28th in NHL).
- The Rangers unveiled their sharp new retro-inspired third jersey
- Game starts at 7:00 PM ET (TV: NESN & Versus, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub). Public Skate Open Thread starts at 6:30 PM ET.
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