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Preview: The Bruins get back on the ice with a trip to Manhattan

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Bruins return after COVID postponed their homestand against the Sabres.

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Just the Facts

Where: Madison Square Garden

When: 7 PM

How to Watch: NBC Sports Network

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Know Your Enemy

  • Artemi Panarin: 11 GP, 5-10-15
  • Adam Fox: 7 GP, 1-6-7
  • Igor Shesterkin: 3-3-1, 2.31 GAA, .916 SV %

Game Notes

Bruins hockey is back!!!

Our collective heart rates have returned to normal levels with the Bruins forced to postpone their two-game homestand with the Buffalo Sabres due to COVID-19 exposures during the Sabres’ series with the New Jersey Devils.

The Bruins, who have had a penchant for comebacks and the dramatic this season, hit the road to play two straight games in the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden.

The East-leading Bruins (8-1-2) face the division’s current bottom-dwelling Rangers (4-5-2), who are looking to move on and put all of the Tony DeAngelo drama behind them.

Artemi Panarin has been a bright spot offensively, leading a Rangers offense that’s ranked 24th in the league, with 2.64 goals for per game.

The Bruins have been stellar defensively, as the team ranks second in goals against per game (2.18).

Jake DeBrusk and Matt Grzelcyk both practiced on Tuesday and are likely to return to the lineup.

DeBrusk practiced on the third line, alongside Charlie Coyle and Anders Bjork.

It will be interesting to see how (if at all) the long layoff impacts the Bruins, who haven’t played since last Friday.