Rematch at the Other Garden: Bruins Visit Winless Rangers
Boston Bruins (2-0-0) at New York Rangers (0-2-0)
Revenge is a dish best served cold and that is exactly what the winless New York Rangers would like to do on this frigid day in Manhattan.
After practice on Tuesday, both Tyler Seguin and Coach Claude Julien said they'll "expect the best" from the Rangers as they are hungry for their first win of the season.
Perhaps the Rangers themselves should be taking their uncharacteristic back-to-back losses just as seriously. Marc Staal and Brad Richards, alternate captains for the blue sweaters, both commented Tuesday that its too soon to panic, only two games in, nothing to worry about...hmmm perhaps someone should remind them that this is not a full season, 48 games, every point counts.
Speaking of uncharacteristic season starts, the Bruins also find themselves in unchartered territory beginning the 2012-13 run with 2 wins, the first time in at least 6 seasons.
This will be the second of three meetings for these two Eastern Conference power houses, and despite the Rangers dismal start, I still think both these teams will be major threats come April.
The Good News
Dennis Seidenberg, who was out Monday with a lower body injury, practiced Tuesday and is expected to play Wednesday. Tuukka Rask, who has only allowed two goals on forty-eight shots, does not show any signs of slowing down and will be heading into tonight's game with confidence (especially with Seid's back in the line up). Despite missing practice, Brad Marchand is expected to play tonight, still no word on why he was absent...sometimes honey badgers just got to do their thing. Aaron Asham is still out for the Rangers with a groin injury, look for some musical chairs type replacement on their fourth line (Stu Bickel skated on the fourth line rather than D, Steve Eminger and Mall Gilroy split the sixth d-man spot in practice).
The Bad News
Brad Richards and Henrik Lundqvist. Richards is hot right now and pretty much the only Ranger showing life for a team that has some big expectations going into this truncated season. Forget about back to back losses, King Henrik is always bad news if he's not wearing the same colors you are...just because the Bruins spanked the Rangers four days ago, they are playing at MSG and New York will be playing hard and desperate (remember those days Bruins fans?).
The Bruins power play. 0-7 against the Rangers Saturday and 0-2 Monday against Winnipeg. There is no time to scrape the rust off with 48 games (broken record...I warned you). The Rangers are going in desperate today, the Bruins should play clean and try to draw as many penalties as they can and finally connect...no excuses. Regarding the lack of scoring, Chris Kelly said after the shoot out win Monday, there are "too many guys on this locker room who can score to not score on a consistant basis". Thank you Captain Obvious!
Sorry faithful Black and Gold, but I see the Rangers breaking their losing streak tonight, but only by a goal.
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Madison Square Garden, New York, NY 7:00 pm
TV: NBC Sports Network
Radio: 98.5 Sports Hub
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