Game Forty-Nine, the Boston Bruins at the New York Rangers
The Rangers will be looking for their 30th regulation win of the season tonight at the Garden against the Boston Bruins. We all know that the Bruins play a style that tends to give the Rangers a headache. Boston may not have an offensive dynamo to keep an eye on, but they make up for that with balanced scoring and some of the best goaltending and defense in the league. You simply don't score many goals on the Bruins, especially when Tuukka Rask is in net and/or when Zdeno Chara is on the ice. So when chances present themselves tonight, it is crucial for the Rangers to finish.
The Blueshirts are going to need to raise their game in a big way if they want to come away with two points tonight. They cannot afford to have the kind of start they had against the Florida Panthers on Monday night, and they certainly can't find themselves making turnovers in their own zone. The Bruins are going to take the body, clog up the neutral zone, and try and slow down the Rangers as they go through the neutral zone. Will the Rangers be able to find an answer to the Bruins and Rask tonight and pick up third win in three games? Of course that task will be made all the more difficult without Henrik Lundqvist in net for the New York Rangers. The news came out earlier today that Henrik Lundqvist is injured and will not be available to play in tonight's game, which means that Cam Talbot gets the start. Mackenzie Skapski will be the Blueshirts' backup goaltender tonight.
The New York Rangers' February Schedule
2/2 Panthers at the Rangers, 7:00 PM(win.)
2/4 Bruins at the Rangers, 8:00 PM
2/7 Rangers at the Predators, 3:00 PM
2/8 Stars at the Rangers, 5:00 PM
2/10 Rangers at the Leafs, 7:00 PM
2/12 Rangers at Avalanche, 9:00 PM
2/14 Rangers at Coyotes, 8:00 PM
2/16 Rangers at Islanders, 7:00 PM
2/19 Canucks at Rangers, 7:00 PM
2/20 Rangers at Sabres, 7:00 PM
2/22 Blue Jackets at Rangers, 7:30 PM
2/24 Flames at Rangers, 7:00 PM
2/26 Coyotes at Rangers, 7:00 PM
2/28 Rangers at Flyers, 8:00 PM
Mike's Player to Watch: Dan Boyle
Let's go Rangers! Drop the puck.