Game Day Thread – Game 11: Rangers @ Bruins

In an odd turn of events given how the last few weeks have played out, the Bruins have won 3 games in a row.

Tonight, the Rangers will be at the Garden for their second meeting with the Bruins this season. A week and a half ago, the Broadway Blueshirts handed the Bruins’ asses to them after the B’s picked up a quick 2-0 lead, eventually winning 5-2.

Puck drop is at 7:00.

The Rangers are at the top of the Metropolitan Division at 8-3-0 (16 points), while the Bruins are fifth in the Northeast at 6-4-0 (12 points).

The Bruins’ home record is of concern: 1-2-0, however, New York’s away record is the same.

The Bruins lines will probably be something like:

Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
Spooner – Krejci – Czarnik (or Backes)
Beleskey – Nash (or Backes) – Hayes
Schaller – Moore – Acciari

Chara – Carlo
Krug – McQuaid
Liles – C. Miller

Tuukka Rask will be between the pipes, and hopefully will be going 7-0 on the season tonight.

David Backes will be returning to the lineup tonight, and it is believed that Matt Beleskey will be suiting up as well, hence the lines being unclear.

The Rangers will be icing the following lines, I believe:

Vesey – Stepan – Nash
Kreider – Zibanejad – Zuccarello
Grabner – Hayes – Miller
Buch – Pirri – Fast

McDonagh – Girardi
Staal – Holden
Skjei – Klein

Hockey’s handsomest goaltender, King Henrik Lundqvist, will man the crease for the Rags.

Somewhat relevant stuff from the Twitterverse:

I hate to laugh at David Pastrnak’s unfortunate chicklet situation (OK, no, I don’t), but this slayed me:


Bruins Hockey In Gifs, Volume II:

Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid playing defense

Brandon Carlo, once his ELC is up.

Rask, when opposing forwards think they’re going to score.

Colin Miller’s best attempt at defense these days

To quote the late Jim Prior, Boston Uiversity’s legendary announcer:

Soooooo, let’s play hockey!

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