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Rangers Vs. Bruins Game 2 Preview: Rangers Aim To Even Series In Boston

The New York Rangers are currently down 1-0 to the Boston Bruins heading into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. They have a big opportunity to tie up the series this afternoon.

Jared Wickerham

The New York Rangers are heading into this afternoon's game with a perfect opportunity to walk out with the split, before returning to Madison Square Garden for Game's 3 and 4. Even though the Rangers lost the last game in overtime, they actually played a pretty decent game both offensively and defensively. One small miscue was the reason for failure, and it's just one of those games they need to shake off and look ahead tot he next one.


New York Rangers (#6 Seed) vs Boston Bruins (#4 Seed)
Series Score: 1-0 BOS
TD Garden - Boston, MA- 3:00 PM
Television: NBC, TSN, RDS | Radio: NHL Game Radio
Opponent's Blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder | Tickets: New York Rangers Playoff Tickets

Some Quick Thoughts:

  • According to Darren Dreger, it appears as if the Boston Bruins won't be getting an reinforcements on their blue line this afternoon. Wade Redden, Dennis Seidenberg, and Andrew Ference all aren't ready to return, which will leave Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski, and Dougie Hamilton in the lineup.
  • With the Rangers power play continuing to struggle, John Tortorella stated there would be some changes. He said that he didn't like putting Carl Hagelin on the power play because he's "too fast", but with the recent struggles, he's walking back on those comments.
  • Rick Nash looked like a completely different Rick Nash in Game 1, and he was starting to show glimpses of himself. The Rangers absolutely need Nash to step up big in this series if they are going to move on. Relying too much on secondary scoring can be dangerous for the Rangers.

Projected Lineup:

Carl Hagelin - Derek Stepan - Ryan Callahan
Mats Zuccarello - Derick Brassard - Rick Nash
Derek Dorsett - Brian Boyle - Taylor Pyatt
Chris Kreider - Brad Richards - Arron Asham

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto - Anton Stralman
John Moore - Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

Scratches: Marc Staal (upper-body), Darroll Powe (upper-body), Ryane Clowe (upper-body), Matt Gilroy (healthy), Roman Hamrlik (healthy).