November 19, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Rangers

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

13-6-1 (27 pts) 2nd in Atlantic
2nd in East
2.80 (10th) 1.80 (1st) 19.2% (15th) 87.5% (2nd)
 
10-10-0 (20 pts) 3rd in Metro
8th in East
2.10 (26th) 2.50 (13th) 17.4% (18th) 83.8% (10th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Milan Lucic (9) David Krejci (13) Krejci, Lucic (16) Krejci, Lucic, Iginla (+11)
Adam McQuaid (33) Tuukka Rask (11) Tuukka Rask (1.64) Tuukka Rask (.944)
   
Callahan, Richards (6) Richards, Stepan (10) Brad Richards (16)
Carl Hagelin (+5)
Derek Dorsett (73) Henrik Lundqvist (6)
Cam Talbot (1.58)
Cam Talbot (.943)


SEASON SERIES

Nov. 19, 2013: Boston @ New York

Nov. 29, 2013: New York @ Boston

Mar. 2, 2014: Boston @ New York

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

Lucic - Krejci - Iginla
Marchand - Bergeron - Eriksson
Soderberg - Kelly - Smith
Paille - Campbell - Thornton 

Chara - Hamilton
Seidenberg - Krug
Bartkowski - Boychuk

Chad Johnson

Adam McQuaid (groin)


Kreider - Richards - Callahan
Brassard - Stepan - Zuccarello
Hagelin - Boyle - Nash
Pouliot - Moore - Dorsett

McDonagh - Girardi
Staal - Stralman
Moore - Falk 


Henrik Lundqvist

Taylor Pyatt (concussion)


NEWS & NOTES

* After finally climbing above .500, the Rangers have lost two of their last three games, during which they've scored just three goals. Ben Scrivens and the Kings earned a 1-0 win at MSG on Sunday night.

* After having the Sens snap their four-game winning streak, the B's rebounded with a 4-1 win over Carolina Monday. Reilly Smith and Carl Soderberg each had a goal and an assist.

* Despite making 10 more starts, Henrik Lundqvist only has two more victories than backup Cam Talbot, who's gone 4-1 since being called up from Hartford. Lundqvist (21-7-2 in the regular season vs. Boston) gets the nod tonight

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Loui Eriksson (6 pts last 5 GP)

Patrice Bergeron (5 pts last 5 GP)

Carl Soderberg (0 pts last 3 GP)

Reilly Smith (0 pts last 3 GP)

* Chad Johnson made his NHL debut as a member of the Rangers on Dec. 30, 2009, coming on in relief in an eventual 6-0 loss to the Flyers at MSG.

* Loui Eriksson and Lundqvist will likely team up in February for Team Sweden at the Olympics in Sochi. 


Chris Kreider (3 pts last 4 GP)

Brad Richards (4 pts last 5 GP)

Carl Hagelin (0 pts last 3 GP)

Benoit Pouliot (0 pts last 7 GP)

* Despite allowing just 13 goals in eight games, the Rangers are 4-4-0 at Madison Square Garden so far this season.

* Former BC captain Brian Boyle (Hingham, Mass.) is eighth among NHL forwards with 21 blocked shots.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* The Bruins took care of business against the 28th-ranked offense in the NHL last night. The second half of back-to-back games is never easy, but they're facing the league's 26th-ranked offense in this one. New York, however, will receive a boost from the return of Rick Nash, who's been sidelined since Oct. 8 with a concussion. Nash (42 points in 44 games last season) has just two goals in 12 tilts against Boston.

* Johnson remains the unconfirmed-but-probable starter after Rask got the nod down in Raleigh against the Hurricanes. The former Ranger talked about being rusty when he only plays every few weeks, so let's see how he fares against a weak offense and just five days removed from his last start, which he looked sharp in the second half of en route to a 3-2 overtime win over the Blue Jackets. 

* Don't forget that tonight's matchup is a playoff rematch, as these two squads squared off in the second round this past spring. Torey Krug tortured the Blueshirts, scoring four goals in five games. The Rangers have a pretty solid PK so far this year, but I wouldn't be surprised if No. 47 does some damage tonight on the man advantage.

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com