The Bruins continue on the road, playing the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Last time in Bruins Hockey…
The Bruins were on the road, battling their hated rival, the Philadelphia Flyers.
The game did not involve a lot of early scoring, but it DID involve some disgruntled behavior, resulting in a busy penalty box.
PARTY IN THE SIN BIN pic.twitter.com/1jBmWapfea
— Bruins Diehards (@BruinsDiehards) February 6, 2021
Between the two teams, there were 26 penalty minutes and a penalty shot awarded in the first two periods, but no scoring until late in the Chris Wagner minor that crossed into the 3rd period.
Effing James Van Reimsdyk dropped in a power play goal 27 seconds into the final frame.
However, having seen the last half-dozen Bruin games, we all knew the team could, and likely would, dig themselves out of the deficit.
And, soon after the halfway pointof the period, Brad Marchand would score the evening-up goal.
26 seconds later, Sean Kuraly would put the go-ahead goal in net after some fancy-ass skating & stick work from Anders Bjork:
— Hockey Daily 365 (@HockeyDaily365) January 29, 2021
The Bruins would hang onto that lead, winning 2-1 in regulation
The Bruins are now at 8-1-2, putting them 1st in the MassMutual East division, owning all the tiebreakers against the #2 Flyers except ROW – head-to-head (4-0-0), games played, points %.
Interestingly, except for the Vegas Golden Knights, the teams ahead of the Bruins in point percentage are all former Atlantic Division teams – Tpa, Veg, Tor, Mtl, Fla
What will be the lines today?
The lines should be sliding back towards expectations after several mixed lineups.
Forward Ondrej Kase, is still on IR. Craig Smith has been playing on the Krejci line, with some success. Anton Blidh is up from the taxi squad.
Jake DeBrusk, Matt Grzelcyk , and Jack Studnicka are ostensibly healthy again. DeBrusk & Grzelcyk are expected to play tonight, whereas Studnicka will go back to Providence for a while. This puts Frederic, Bjork, & Blidh in contention for two spots – Blidh is probably the odd man out.
Connor Clifton and John Moore will sit out this one.
Tuukka Rask will be in net. Callum Booth replaced Dan Vladar on the taxi squad.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#40 Tuukka Rask||(#41 Jaroslav Halak)|
Today the Bruins will face the New York Rangers. This will be the first time this season the two teams have faced off – they have not played one another since February of last year.
They have a few injuries right now, with Filip Chytil and Brendan Smith listed on the injury report with upper-body injuries, Jack Johnson with a lower body injury. Justin Richards is out via COVID protocols.
The Rangers have a lousy record of 4-5-2 (10 points), putting them in 8th place in the division, but 6th in points percentage. They have won 3 of their last 6 games (one in OT). Artemi Panarin is still their biggest scorer with 5 goals & 10 assists.
Today is reportedly goaltender Alex Georgiev’s birthday – Happy Birthday. The team has had a bit of controversy lately, having a fight occur in the locker room. Apparently Tony DeAngelo – who has been accused of being racist and an outspoken right-wing jerk got into a shouting match with Georgiev after a game, and was so obnoxious that Chris Kreider punched him in the face. The players in question – who have reportedly gotten along well in the past – have downplayed the incident as frayed nerves after a tough game. The team however decided DeAngelo was bad and made him go away.
Rangers GM Scott Gorton reported that he’d had enough of DeAngelo’s maturity issues, and after having previously put the D-man on double-secret probation, DeAngelo had now played his last game in a Rangers uniform. The Rangers put him on waivers (which he cleared) and now he is nominally on the taxi squad.
DeAngelo responded in the most mature way he knew how – by deleting his Twitter account and announcing he’d gone to Parler.
You can’t make this stuff up.
Rangers lines (h/t Daily Faceoff ):
#20 Chris Kreider — #93 Mika Zibanejad — #89 Pavel Buchnevich
#10 Artemi Panarin — #16 Ryan Strome — #24 Kaapo Kakko
#13 Alexis Lafreniere — #21 Brett Howden — #33 Phillip Di Giuseppe
#48 Brendan Lemieux — #17 Kevin Rooney — #12 Julien Gauthier
#55 Ryan Lindgren — #23 Adam Fox
#79 K’Andre Miller — #8 Jacob Trouba
#25 Libor Hajek — #22 Anthony Bitetto
#40 Alexandar Georgiev
(#31 Igor Shesterkin)