Game Preview: Rangers/BruinsMarch 4, 2012, by
Standings: Bruins (38-22-3), Rangers (41-15-7)
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (31-26-57)
BOS Leading Scorer: Patrice Bergeron (19-34-53)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (47 GS, 1.79 GAA, .939 SV%)
BOS Goaltender: Tim Thomas (41 GS, 2.24 GAA, .928 SV%)
Rangers Lines (probable):
Henrik Lundqvist/Martin Biron
Preview: The Rangers have been a little inconsistent of late. They seem to be struggling with getting out of their own zone and have had problems with their breakouts.
The last time the Rangers played the Bruins these struggles were amplified. The Bruins put up over forty shots on net, not to mention a ton of missed shots. They simply had the puck way more than the Rangers did. The Rangers still walked away with a win, but this can not continue.
If the Rangers are going to continue to move forward, they will need better puck management and better outlet passes from their defensemen. It won’t be easy if Callahan and Del Zotto are out, since those two have been great at keeping the opposition pinned in their zone.
On the Bruins side, Rask was injured during last night’s game against the Islanders. Should he be out for any length of time, it will amplify the pressure on Thomas, as the Bruins also have had problems scoring goals.
Crazy Thought: Last time the Rangers played the Bruins my “crazy thought” was Anisimov invites Thomas to the Snipehouse. Arty scored. I am doubling down. Got that Chris F?
Opposition Blog: Bruins Blog