2012-2013 Records: Boston (8-1-1), Rangers (6-5-0)
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (6-3-9), Brad Richards (2-7-9), Rick Nash (3-6-9)
BOS Leading Scorer: David Krejci (3-7-10)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (10 GP, 2.44 GAA, .911 SV%)
BOS Goaltender: Tuukka Rask (8 GP, 1.97 GAA, .922 SV%)
Rangers Lines (unconfirmed):
Taylor Pyatt-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Chris Kreider-J.T. Miller-Ryan Callahan
Arron Asham-Jeff Halpern-Darroll Powe
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-Matt Gilroy
Probable Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Brian Boyle (healthy), Steve Eminger (healthy), Stu Bickel (healthy)
The Bruins have been the team to beat thus far this season, compiling an impressive 8-1-1 record. The Rangers were one of those teams to hand the Bruins a loss, but much has changed since the opening week. The Bruins have rattled off 6 wins in 7,while the Rangers have won 5 of 8 and tweaked their lineup along the way.
Despite the Bruins continuing their winning ways, their powerplay is as bad as the Rangers, clicking at a 10.3% rate. Though, the Bruins haven’t put together a good power play since 2009, so I guess it’s par for the course for them. Interestingly enough, no one is calling for their assistant coach’s head up in Beantown.
Anyway, I think we all know at this point the Bruins play a 1-2-2 and a 1-4 forecheck. Like other hybrid trap teams, they will mix up their aggressiveness based on the score, the clock, etc. Since both teams have contrasting strategies and piss poor power plays, this game is likely going to be won at even-strength in the neutral zone.
Crazy Thought: More power play goals would be sweet.
Opposition Blog: Days of Y’Orr
Broadcast Info: MSG Network 7:30p
NBC Sports (Cablevision: 408, Comcast: 848, Direct TV: 220, Fios: 590, Time Warner: 481)
Torts Post Practice Interview from Monday:
I thought this was another good interview. Scope it.