March 2, 2014

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Rangers

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

37-17-5 (79 pts) 1st in Atlantic
2nd in East
3.07 (5th) 2.22 (2nd) 21.0% (7th) 82.4% (12th)
 
33-25-3 (69 pts) 2nd in Metro
6th in East
2.54 (19th) 2.44 (9th) 20.2% (11th) 82.9% (10th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Brad Marchand (20) David Krejci (37) David Krejci (50) Bergeron, Boychuk (+25)
Adam McQuaid (69) Tuukka Rask (25) Tuukka Rask (2.16) Tuukka Rask (.927)
      
Rick Nash (19) Richards, Zuccarello (28) Richards, Zuccarello (43)
Chris Kreider (+13) Derek Dorsett (105) Henrik Lundqvist (22) Cam Talbot (1.75) Cam Talbot (.938)


SEASON SERIES

Nov. 19, 2013: Boston 2 @ New York 1

Nov. 29, 2013: New York 2 @ Boston 3

Mar. 2, 2014: Boston @ New York

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

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

Chara - Hamilton
Bartkowski - Boychuk
Krug - Miller 

Tuukka Rask

Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL)
Adam McQuaid (leg) 


Kreider - Stepan - Nash
Hagelin - Richards - Callahan
Pouliot - Brassard - Miller
Dorsett - Boyle - Carcillo

McDonagh - Girardi
Staal - Stralman
Moore - Klein 


Henrik Lundqvist

Mats Zuccarello (broken hand)


NEWS & NOTES

* The Bruins dropped to 0-1-1 since they returned from the Olympic break, falling by a score of 4-2 on home ice to the Capitals Saturday. 

* The Blueshirts also suffered a 4-2 loss in a matinee yesterday, which came at the hands of the host Flyers. They defeated the Blackhawks, 2-1, on Thursday at MSG.

* Mats Zuccarello remains sidelined with a broken hand, which he suffered while playing for Norway in Sochi. The undersized winger was the lone NHLer on the team's roster.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Jarome Iginla (15 pts last 10 GP)

Milan Lucic (6 pts last 5 GP)

Tuukka Rask (.879 Sv% last 2 GP)

Jordan Caron (0 pts last 23 GP)

* The Bruins haven't swept their season series with the Blueshirts since 1982-83.

* Adam McQuaid remains the team's leader in penalty minutes, despite the fact he'll miss his 12th straight game tonight.

 

Benoit Pouliot (4 pts last 4 GP)

Cam Talbot (.952 Sv% last 2 GP)

Carl Hagelin (1 pt last 4 GP)

Chris Kreider (1 pt last 9 GP)

* The Rangers are 7-4-1 in their last 12 home games. Only one of those losses (5-3 vs. NYI, Jan. 21) was by more than one goal.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* With each team coming off a loss, I wouldn't be surprised to see both No. 1 netminders between the pipes in the second half of back-to-backs. Tuukka Rask played fairly well in his first game back and has great career numbers against New York, and we all know what a workhorse Henrik Lundqvist is. If it's Chad Johnson vs. Cam Talbot, please don't come back to shoot the messenger. Just venturing my best guess.

* Speaking of guesses, I think we'll see an improved performance from Boston's defense in tonight's tilt. The B's D hasn't been its usual self since the Olympic break wrapped up, yielding nine goals in the last two tilts. These aren't the same overly-conservative Rangers we got used to seeing when John Tortorella (Melrose, Mass.) was at the helm on Broadway, but I don't think they'll be as tough a challenge as the Alex Ovechkin-led Capitals were Saturday. Still, it comes down to the Bruins -- as they often talk about -- simply doing their jobs. They can't allow as many odd-man rushes as they have of late, plain and simple.

* The Bruins' fourth line was instrumental in the second-round series win over the Blueshirts in last year's playoffs. They were responsible for the game-winning goal the last time these two squads met at Madison Square Garden, with Greg Campbell setting up Dan Paille for a shorthanded tally in a 2-1 victory. After their strong game against the Caps yesterday, look for them to keep the good times rolling.

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com