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Pregame Analysis and Game Thread: New York Riveters vs. Boston Pride

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The teams will be facing each other for the second week in a row and the third time in four weeks, but this time in Boston for the Pride's home opener.

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Yet another milestone will be taking place today in the historic inaugural NWHL season with the New York Riveters facing off against the Boston Pride at 3 PM. Fans of hockey in the Boston area who are not able to make it to the Harvard Bright-Landry Center to see their team play at home for the first time will be able to watch the game televised on NESN. Check your channel listings here to see if NESN is available in your area, and if not you can watch the game for free streaming on with Cross-Ice Pass here.

The Riveters are coming off of their first win of the season last week against the Pride. Madison Packer, Beth Hanrahan, and Bray Ketchum scored for New York and Nana Fujimoto was brilliant in net to lead the Riveters to the 3-2 victory. Boston will be fueled by their home fans for the first time this season and looking to exact revenge against the New York team that dealt them their first loss of the season.

The previous meetings between the clubs have been physical and exciting, adding a huge spark to a rivalry which barely needed any kindling. The familiarity between the two teams should add an interesting dynamic to the game, especially with stars such as Hilary Knight and Ashley Johnston on the ice. However, be sure to keep an eye on Blake Bolden on the Boston blue line. She can get lost in the mix due to the high-profile names surrounding her, but the smooth-skating defenseman has been stellar through the early season.

The Riveters will still be without Erin Barley-Maloney and top forward Lyudmila Belyakova, while Emily Field of the Pride remains out following her collision with Brooke Ammerman last game which left her with a bruised knee.

Be sure to tune in at 3 PM whether on your television or computers to watch these teams battle it out in Boston.