The Boston Bruins hopped on a plane yesterday and made the trip up to New York City, concrete jungle where dreams are made of, to face the New York Rangers tonight at 7:30 p.m. The game will be shown on NBC Sports Network as part of their new Rivalry Wednesday feature, so don’t expect to hear Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley doing play-by-play.
This is a quick revisit to the Blueshirts, whom the Bruins defeated 3-1 on opening night of the 2013 season, but now the Bruins are on their newly renovated home ice at Madison Square Garden. Will that help amp up a team that’s already fallen into a 0-2 hole in a season where stringing together a few losses could mean the difference between the postseason and golfing in May?
Good news for the Bruins: Dennis Seidenberg, who missed the matinee against the Winnipeg Jets with a lower-body ache, practiced with the team yesterday and is a game-time decision tonight. On the other hand, Brad Marchand missed yesterday’s practice, but he’s also a game-time decision tonight. (His absence was explained away as a maintenance day, something guys may take more of during this shortened season.) Both of them have been spotted on the MSG ice for what’s billed as an optional skate.
Look for David Krejci to try to score again this time–and, you know, for it to actually be a good goal instead of one saved in the nick of time. Tyler Seguin, who actually leads the team in plus-minus right now despite having yet to score a goal of his own, could be pretty hungry too.
Facts for numbers fans: The Bruins are, as of now, perfect at killing penalties. The only other team with a 100 percent penalty kill? The New York Islanders. (The Rangers are at 83.3 percent.)
The Rangers have also allowed nine goals in their first two games so far this season. The Pittsburgh Penguins even managed to chase Henrik Lundqvist from the net. Could Martin Biron start tonight’s game? He was also seen at the morning skate today.