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PREVIEW: Bruins look to continue point streak with another game against the Rangers tonight

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The Bruins close out their first series against the Rangers tonight at the other Garden.

Boston Bruins v New York Rangers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Just the facts

When: Tonight, 7 PM

Where: Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

How to follow: NESN, NHLN, SN, TVAS, 98.5 The Sports Hub

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Know your enemy

  • 4-5-3 for 11 points, sixth in East
  • Artemi Panarin: 12GP, 5G, 10A, 15PTS; Pavel Buchnevich: 12GP, 3G, 5A, 8PTS; Adam Fox: 12GP, 1G, 6A, 7PTS; Ryan Strome: 12GP, 4G, 2A, 6PTS
  • Alexandar Georgiev: 1-2-2, 3.21 GAA, .891 save percentage; Igor Shesterkin: 3-3-1, 2.31 GAA, .916 save percentage

Game notes

  • The Boston Bruins face off against the New York Rangers for the second time of the season tonight and let’s hope things get off to a better start than Wednesday night.
  • After the postponement of two games, the Bs were a bit sluggish to start Wednesday’s game against the Rangers. Things turned around in the second period as the Bruins began shooting and Chris Wagner tied the game on a shorthanded goal. After a call on Jake DeBrusk’s goal ruled no good, Anders Bjork puts the Bruins up 2-1 in the third. But the Rangers would tie the game with a goal from Kevin Rooney two minutes later. Brad Marchand potted the overtime goal to give the Bruins the one-point swing on the night.
  • Can we just settle this in regulation? Seven games out of the 12 played have gone to overtime or a shootout. It’s great to get points after trailing into the third period, like some of the Bruins past wins. But considering that they’re only playing divisional teams, it’s just giving points away, which closes the gap in the standings.
  • With that being said, the Bruins only have one regulation loss this season, which happened on Jan. 18. The team is 8-0-1 since then and currently on a four-game winning streak and nine-game point streak.
  • 20 of the 39 Bruins goals this season have been scored in the third period. Just throwing that number out there.
  • Charlie McAvoy is on a career-high, eight-game point streak where he’s registered one goal and 10 assists. McAvoy keeps proving he’s the Bruins’ top defenseman with his contributions and substantial time on ice each game, averaging 24:27 minutes.
  • The skaters from the best line in hockey continue to rack up points and goals when most needed, like Marchand’s OT winner. He’s on a nine-game point streak with seven goals and six assists. Although there were no points for David Pastrnak last game, he has registered at least one point in his four other games this season. Patrice Bergeron and Marchand lead the team with 16 points each. Bergeron has had four multi-point nights so far this season.
  • Matt Grzelcyk did not skate during yesterday’s practice. Bruce Cassidy said he is day-to-day with a lower body injury and unlikely to play tonight. Connor Clifton is likely to fill in.

See ya tonight!