NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, November 19th
(All times Eastern)
Boston Bruins (13-6-1) at New York Rangers (10-10-0), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Rangers have had plenty of regular-season
success against Boston over the past few years, but were unable to overcome
the Bruins in last season's playoffs.
The Rangers and Bruins meet for the first time since the postseason as they
clash on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
In the regular season, the Rangers have won seven of their past nine versus
the Bruins and 12 of the previous 15 encounters at MSG.
However, Boston eliminated New York in five games during the 2013 Eastern
Conference semifinals, with four of those contests decided by two goals or
The Rangers are aiming to put a slow start behind them and are coming off just
their third loss in 10 games. They were blanked 1-0 by the Los Angeles Kings
on Sunday, the fourth time this season they have been shut out.
Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves, the lone shot getting past him coming on a
deflection off the skater of Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman. He took the
tough-luck loss as New York went 0-for-5 on the power play.
"We had about 50 seconds of 5-on-3s out there and we didn't connect, so our
execution might have been a little bit off," Rangers head coach Alain
There is a chance the Rangers' offense could get a boost tonight in the form
of Rick Nash, who has missed 17 straight games with a concussion suffered on
Oct. 8. Nash has been skating with the team and could rejoin the lineup as
early as tonight or on Thursday in Dallas to begin a five-game road trip.
Nash had 21 goals and 42 points in 44 games last season and notched three
assists in three games this season before getting hurt.
Lundqvist should get the call in net and is an excellent 21-7-2 in 30 career
meetings with the Bruins, posting a 1.67 goals against average and six
The Bruins conclude a back-to-back set tonight after notching a 4-1 victory in
Carolina on Monday. The win was Boston's fifth in six games and snapped a
three-game road slide.
Tuukka Rask made 23 saves, while Reilly Smith and Carl Soderberg had a goal
and an assist each in the first period. Johnny Boychuk and Milan Lucic scored
in the third frame.
"I really liked our energy in the third period," said Boston head coach Claude
Julien. "We hadn't done that in a long time and I really liked the effort they
showed out there."
Loui Eriksson also had an assist, giving him two goals and five helpers over a
six-game point streak.
Rask is 3-3-3 with a 2.09 GAA in nine lifetime meetings with the Rangers,
while backup Chad Johnson has never faced them.
Johnson began his NHL career with New York, making six appearances and four
starts combined in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
11/19 10:32:33 ET