Game Day Thread: Rangers @ Bruins

The Bruins are at home, hosting the visiting New York Rangers at TD Garden broadcast on NESN and NHL Network.


Last time in Bruins Hockey…

Bruins hosted the Rangers for the first time this season and got a chance to play their own game.

They played a slumping Rangers team on their second game night in a row, and were able to chase their goaltender with a 4-0 victory, featuring goals by Bergeron, Pastrnak, Krejci and DeBrusk.
Also fun was the season debut of Zach Senyshyn, who teamed up with Studnicka and Kuraly, and generated at least three 2-on-1 rushes with Kuraly, though none were able to put the biscuit in the basket.

The Bruins are now at 14-6-4, which still has them at 4th in the MassMutual East division by victory points, 6 points behind the surprisingly tough Isles and 4 points behind the surging Caps, and 3rd in the division with a points percentage of .667.



What will be the lines today?
The lines are still in motion.

Brandon Carlo is still out with concussion-like symptoms.

Forward Ondrej Kaše, and defensemen Jeremy Lauzon & Kevan Miller are still on IR. Kaše and Miller are both skating on their own.
Jarred Tinordi and Urho Vaakanainen are in,

Zach Senyshyn and Brad Marchand were both injured after Thursday night’s game. Senyshyn is out, Marchand is appears to be in. Jake DeBrusk had been back after having been a healthy scratch, but he is now in the COVID protocol, so will be out once more. Anton Blidh and Greg McKegg are up from Providence, as is goaltender Jeremy Swayman.

Tuukka Rask (back ailment) is still out so Halak will be in goal again, with Jeremy Swayman, backing him up.

Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

#21 Nick Ritchie

Nick Ritchie

David Krejci

David Krejci

Charlie Coyle

Charlie Coyle

Anders Bjork

Anders Bjork

#23 Jack Studnicka

#23 Jack Studnicka

#12 Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Sean Kuraly

Sean Kuraly

#11 Trent Frederic

Trent Frederic

#14 - Chris Wagner

Chris Wagner

Bruins Defensive pairs
Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

Jakub Zboril

Jakub Zboril

Connor Clifton

Connor Clifton

Jarred Tinordi

#84 Jarred Tinordi

Urho Vaakanainen

Urho Vaakanainen

Bruins Goaltending
#41 Jaroslav Halak (Jeremy Swayman)

Tonight the Bruins will face the New York Rangers. This will be the fifth time this season the two teams have faced off, with the Bruins struggling against them, beating them thrice, and then getting curb-stomped once.

They have few injuries right now, with goaltender Igor Shesterkin out again.
Artemi Panarin has returned to the team after being out due to personal issues – Panarin had been accused of hitting a woman while in the minor leagues in Russia. The minor league team had no evidence of this behavior, and Panarin has largely cleared his name. He is probable to play today.
The Rangers have a less-than-stellar record of 10-12-3 (23 points), putting them in 6th place in the division.

Rangers lines (h/t Daily Faceoff and Colin Stephenson):

Rangers Forwards
#20 Chris Kreider — #93 Mika Zibanejad — #89 Pavel Buchnevich
#10 Artemi Panarin — #16 Ryan Strome — #12 Julien Gauthier
#13 Alexis Lafreniere — #72 Filip Chytil — #24 Kaapo Kakko
#48 Brendan Lemieux — #17 Kevin Rooney — #33 Phillip Di Giuseppe

Rangers Defense
#55 Ryan Lindgren — #23 Adam Fox
#79 K’Andre Miller — #8 Jacob Trouba
#27 Jack Johnson — #42 Brendan Smith

Rangers Goaltending
#40 Alexandar Georgiev
(#71 Keith Kinkaid)

Also worthy of note – the circus appears to be in town…

The refs are an experienced pair in Wes McCauley and Chris Rooney.

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Halak keeping us in it. Could do with the others turning up for the second