Boston Bruins 72 pts (32-11-8)

@

New York Rangers 55 pts (25-23-5)

8 p.m. ET

TV: NBCSN

Radio: 98.5 FM The Sports Hub


Season Series/Schedule

Date      Game                                    GWG

11/8       BOS 2 @ NYR 4                  Jimmy Vesey

12/16     NYR 3 @ BOS 2 OT           Mats Zuccarello

2/7         BOS @ NYR        


Team Leaders

Bruins                                                                                   Rangers

Brad Marchand, 50                          Points                   Mats Zuccarello, 38

Patrice Bergeron, 22                       Goals                    Michael Grabner, 21

Marchand/Pastrnak, 29                 Assists                  Mats Zuccarello, 30


Exactly one year ago today, the Boston Bruins named Bruce Cassidy head coach and they have gone 50-19-9 since, for a .699 points percentage. The Bruins will travel to the New York Rangers tonight, a team Cassidy has yet to beat as Bruins head coach going 0-2-1 against them.

This is not the same Rangers team that beat the Bruins in November and December.  A combination of injuries and overall poor defensive plays have New York falling out of the playoff race and rumored to be big sellers before the February 26 trade deadline.  The Rangers have just three wins over their last 10 games and are now three points out of a wild card spot.

The Bruins will gladly mix up their lines tonight as leading scorer Brad Marchand will return after serving his five-game suspension.  The team went 4-1-0 in his absence, including winning the last three.  Frank Vatrano is expected to come out of the lineup to make room for Marchand’s return.

Anton Khudobin will start in goal for the Bruins tonight and is likely to be opposed by Henrik Lundqvist.


Probable Bruins Lineup

FORWARDS

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Ryan Spooner

Danton Heinen - Riley Nash - David Backes

Tim Schaller - Sean Kuraly - Austin Czarnik

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk - Adam McQuaid

GOALTENDER

Anton Khudobin (10-3-4, 2.36 GAA, .924 save %, 1 SO)

INJURY REPORT

C-Noel Acciari (lower-body) out, LW-Anders Bjork (upper-body) out, D-Kevan Miller (upper-body) out


Probable Rangers Lineup

FORWARDS

Rick Nash - Mika Zibanejad - Mats Zuccarello

J.T. Miller - David Desharnais - Vinni Lettieri

Michael Grabner - Kevin Hayes - Jesper Fast

Cody McLeod - Peter Holland - Paul Carey

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Ryan McDonagh - Anthony DeAngelo

Brady Skjei - Nick Holden

Brendan Smith - Steve Kampfer

GOALTENDER

Henrik Lundqvist (21-16-4, 2.70 GAA, .919 save %, 2 SO)

INJURY REPORT

LW-Chris Kreider (blood clot) out, D-Kevin Shattenkirk (knee) out, RW-Pavel Buchnevich (concussion) out, LW-Jimmy Vesey (concussion) out, D-Marc Staal (cervical strain) out

Source: lineups via Daily Faceoff & Left Wing Lock
Image Credit: USA Today