If, in October, you told me that the Rangers would be making things interesting in February, I would’ve called you a naive optimist. Yet here we are, with the Rangers making a run. We don’t know if this run will impact their trade deadline plans, but we do know that these games actually mean something right now. If you were looking for progress in a rebuild, there’s your progress.
The Bruins may be a one line team, but they are the best team in the conference right now. That top line is lethal, and they are superb defensively. They rely on boring, low-event games and capitalizing on their chances. That doesn’t match up well with the Rangers, who still take a good amount of stick penalties and struggle against these low-event teams.
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
Jake Debrusk-David Krejci-Karson Kuhlman
Anders Bjork-Charlie Coyle-Danton Heinen
Joakim Nordstrom-Sean Kuraly-Chris Wagner
Zdeno Chara-Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug-Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk-Jeremy Lauzon
Jaroslav Halak gets the start.
Rangers Lines (best guess)
PK Forwards: Fast, Kreider, Strome, Howden, Lemieux, McKegg
PK Defense: Skjei, Trouba, Staal, Smith, Lindgren
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.
Crazy Prediction: A Buchnevich hat trick.
Game time is 3:30pm.