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Preview: Bruins look to turn things around, face Rangers

After two lackluster performances in a row, the Bruins search for a quick fix

NHL: Boston Bruins at New York Rangers POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

Just the Facts

Where: TD Garden

When: 7 pm

How to watch: NESN, ESPN+, MSG 2

How to listen: 98.5 the Sports Hub

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Know Your Enemy

  • 10-11-3, sixth in East division with 23 points
  • Scoring leaders: Pavel Buchnevich: 7-13-20; Chris Kreider: 13-4-17
  • Ilya Shesterkin: 6-7-1, 2.31 GAA, .921 SV%

Game Notes

Remember how much fun the Lake Tahoe game was?

Once the darling of the league, the Bruins currently find themselves in a 3-5-2 tailspin in their last ten games. Despite boasting the league’s fourth best goals against per game average (2.35), the Bruins have had a glaring lack of offense - in part due to their stout defensive system.

However, the first line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak are more than doing their part, having accounted for 32 of the Bruins’ 64 goals. Simply put, the B’s need more from the rest of their offensive unit. Don Sweeney spoke on Wednesday, saying that the team needs more from their in-house guys, or else a trade will be incoming. With pressure put on the group to produce, specifically at five-on-five play, will they deliver?

While the Rangers aren’t a Stanley Cup contender, they certainly aren’t in the same league as, say, the Buffalo Sabres. A win over Manhattan’s finest (and given the type of team that declares itself from Manhattan, that’s not saying much) would certainly help quell the recent queasiness surrounding the black and gold.