Game Day Thread: Rangers @ Bruins

The Bruins are at the TD Garden tonight, where they will play the New York Rangers.

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So after it outright refused to let me insert a photo into my article, I gave up and found an old article and did a copy & paste of the text from an older article. This resulted in some… abstract formatting on this article

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Anyway, the Bruins have bounced back a bad defensive performance in Philly with a strong performance at home vs the Blues. This maintains their spot in the playoff structure with 3rd spot in the Atlantic Division. However, the playoff race in the Eastern Conference has tightened significantly over the last week. Yes, the Tampa Bay Lightning are still running away with a 7 game lead on the nearest competitor in the East with a league-leading 74 points. But Boston is a mere 1 point behind Toronto with 59 points in 48 games vs the Leafs’ 60 points in 47 games. Montreal also has 59 points, but Boston has an additional ROW and a game in hand. Meanwhile, in the Metro, the New York Islanders have popped to 1st place with 60 points in 47 games. 2nd and 3rd place are occupied by the Caps and the Blue Jackets, who each have 59 points in 47 games. The final wild card slot is currently occupied by the Penguins, who have 58 points in 47 games, with an impressive goal differential of +27. This puts 7 of 8 playoff contenders within 1 game of each other, and the 9th team in the East, the Buffalo Sabres a mere 3 games out from the 7 teams ahead of them.

So what do the lines look like?

Joakim Nordstrom is still out & wearing a walking boot. Steve Kampfer, Matt Grzelcyk and Noel Acciari were healthy scratches last game. But Acciari is swapping back into the lineup tonight. In spite of Heinen taking part in morning rushes, and not Donato, Coach Cassidy has called out Donato as playing in the “3rd” line wing. Matt Grzelcyk will be back, which may be a good thing, as the John Moore – Kevan Miller pairing was not very effective on Thursday. Tuukka, is in goal tonight.

Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Peter Cehlarik

Peter Cehlarik

David Krejci

David Krejci

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

Ryan Donato

#23 Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson

Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson

David Backes

David Backes

Sean Kuraly w/fish bowl

Sean Kuraly

Noel Acciari

Noel Acciari

Paul Postma

Chris Wagner

Bruins Defensive pairs
Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug

Torey Krug

Brandon Carlo

Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller

Bruins Goaltending
#40 Tuukka Rask (#41 Jaroslav Halak)

This evening’s opponent are the Rangers. They are reasonably healthy right now, missing only Kevin Hayes and two defensemen, but those defensemen are Fredrik Claesson and Neal Pionk – their #1 guy by TOI. They have a record of 20-20-7 (47 points) which puts them largely out of contention. Consistent with their season record, they’ve gone 3-3-0 in their last 6 games. Offensively, they have resided in the league basement with only 28 shots/game, while allowing an average of 33 SOG. Top scoring threats are Chris Kreider & Mika Zibanejad at 22G/15A/37pts and 15G/27A/42pts respectively. Goaltender Hank is having a bad season, not helped by his team’s sub-par performances in front of him.

Angry Hank (h/t Daily Faceoff):

Rangers Forwards

#20 Chris Kreider — #93 Mika Zibanejad — #36 Mats Zuccarello

#72 Filip Chytil — #16 Ryan Strome — #17 Jesper Fast

#26 Jimmy Vesey — #24 Boo Nieves — #90 Vladislav Namestnikov

#8 Cody McLeod — #21 Brett Howden — #89 Pavel Buchnevich


Rangers Defense

#76 Brady Skjei — #54 Adam McQuaid

#18 Marc Staal — #77 Anthony DeAngelo

#55 Ryan Lindgren — #22 Kevin Shattenkirk


Rangers Goaltending

#30 Henrik Lundqvist

#40 Alexandar Georgiev

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Just a reminder of how to pronounced that one guy’s name:

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At least there’s no game for a week or so.

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Dreger’s saying it’s a serious concussion and concern about his knee. He also reports that Don Del Negro was overheard yelling, “Are you a fucking idiot?” at Charlie McAvoy. I’m not sure how true any of this is because Dreger is not the most reliable of the insiders.

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Lots of Kent School in the house tonight: Noel Acciari, Boo Nieves, and David Quinn (pride of rhode island!

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So many prides of Rhode Island! He’s from Cranston, which is where I suspect Family Guy is set, Quahog not being a real place.

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The skyline behind the Griffins’ house is based on a real place.

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Yep, it’s Providence in the background. I think it looks like a view from Cranston.

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And since Pawtucket would be my second choice although I’m not sure why they would mention Pawtucket if Quahog was that city.

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Why are so bad against crap teams?

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We have to save our strength to be good against the good teams

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Makes sense!

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Boo!

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I would make Chytil’s night really rough from now on

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Also, I hope someone gave Charlie a stern talking to

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I can’t tell you how many times i’ve told defensemen “Please, knock players AWAY from your goalie, not on them. Your goalie will appreciate it. Isn’t that right, goalie?” Do they listen? ?

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Oh boy! Rask is just getting into a zone. The Bs don’t need this!!