May 19, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) and New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan (24) try to gain possession of the puck in the corner in game two of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

The Breakout: Rangers Vs Bruins Preview 11/29/13

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This afternoon, the New York Rangers will head into TD Garden and face-off against the East-leading Boston Bruins in a Original Six clash.

The Bruins are entering the contest after being romped by the Detroit Red Wings by a score of 6-1. It was perhaps their worst game of the season and they will be looking for a much better effort today when they welcome the Rangers, who always seem to play them tough. Before their game in Detroit, the Bruins had gone 8-1-1 in their previous 10.

After making many mental mistakes and just simply not playing well against Tampa Bay, the Rangers bounced back on Wednesday night and defeated the Florida Panthers 5-2. In the game on Monday, world-class goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after two periods. He bounced back tremendously and backstopped his team on Wednesday with a 31 save effort.

“That’s what I expected from him,” Alain Vigneault said. “He’s a world-class goaltender, strong mentally.”

The Rangers have currently won three of four games on their five-game road trip which they are closing out today up in Boston. The Rangers matched their goal total of the previous three contests on Wednesday night, and they also went 2-for-3 on the man advantage, ending a two-game, o-for-9 slump.

Lundqvist will get the nod in net today, as he has some terrific success against Boston in his career. Currently, he is 21-8-2 with a 1.68 GAA and .942 save percentage in 31 matchups against the Bruins.

After today’s game, the Rangers will immediately head home to New York as they welcome back John Tortorella and the Vancouver Canucks tomorrow afternoon, expect Cam Talbot to get the start, with Lundqvist starting today.

Rangers Projected Lineup (11/29/13)

Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Ryan Callahan
Brian Boyle-Dominic Moore-Taylor Pyatt

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-John Moore

Henrik Lundqvist
Cam Talbot

The game begins at 1 pm ET and is featured on NBC’s Thanksgiving Showdown.

Enjoy the game everyone!

-Andrew (@a_graz24)

 

 

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