|7||NY RANGERS||+120||Ov 5,-110||+120||Ov 5,-105|
|8||BOSTON||-140||Un 5,-110||-140||Un 5,-115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-3-0||-1||2-3||-1||1-4||2.0||24.8||2.6||32.2|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3.2||4-1||+3.2||2-3||3.4||28.2||2.0||28.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||12||33||9||8||14||2||3||346||9.5%||44||4||9.1%||45|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5||10||1||3||5||1||1||124||8.1%||20||1||5.0%||11|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||5||4||7||1||2||141||12.1%||16||1||6.2%||19|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||30||9||9||12||0||1||350||8.6%||52||9||17.3%||54|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||13||3||4||6||0||0||161||8.1%||19||3||15.8%||24|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||2||3||5||0||0||142||7.0%||16||2||12.5%||20|
|MARTIN BIRON (All Games)||2||2||52||49||94.2%||0||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|MARTIN BIRON (Road Games)||1||1||32||30||93.7%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|MARTIN BIRON (Last 4 Games)||2||2||52||49||94.2%||0||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (All Games)||11||10||297||271||91.2%||0||6-4||+1.8||6-4-0||+2||4-6|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Road Games)||4||4||129||118||91.5%||0||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||1-3|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Last 4 Games)||4||4||110||102||92.7%||0||3-1||+2.1||3-1-0||+2||2-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||4-2-0||+0.9||4-2||+0.9||3-3||3.0||33.0||2.7||26.8|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||-0.1||3-2||-0.1||2-3||2.6||35.6||2.6||25.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||11||32||6||9||15||2||4||361||8.9%||43||4||9.3%||50|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||6||18||3||5||8||2||2||198||9.1%||23||0||0.0%||27|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||1||4||8||0||1||178||7.3%||19||1||5.3%||22|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||25||6||12||5||2||2||294||8.5%||46||3||6.5%||34|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||16||3||7||5||1||2||161||9.9%||24||2||8.3%||22|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||1||6||5||1||2||129||10.1%||18||2||11.1%||17|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (All Games)||2||2||58||54||93.1%||0||2-0||+2||2-0-0||+2||1-1|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Last 4 Games)||2||2||58||54||93.1%||0||2-0||+2||2-0-0||+2||1-1|
|TUUKKA RASK (All Games)||9||9||235||216||91.9%||0||6-3||+1.9||6-3-0||+2||4-5|
|TUUKKA RASK (Home Games)||6||6||160||146||91.2%||0||4-2||+0.9||4-2-0||+1||3-3|
|TUUKKA RASK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||102||92||90.2%||0||2-2||-1.1||2-2-0||-1||2-2|
|TIM THOMAS (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TIM THOMAS (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NY RANGERS 3.32, BOSTON 3.11|
|1/19/2013||at BOSTON||1-3||L||0, +120||L||5 ov||U|
|1/20/2013||PITTSBURGH||3-6||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/23/2013||BOSTON||4-3||W||0, -125||W||5 ov||O|
|1/24/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||1-2||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/26/2013||TORONTO||5-2||W||0, -185||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/29/2013||PHILADELPHIA||2-1||W||0, -165||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/31/2013||PITTSBURGH||0-3||L||0, -120||L|| ||U|
|2/2/2013||at TAMPA BAY||3-2||W||0, +105||W||5.5 ov||U|
|2/5/2013||at NEW JERSEY||1-3||L||0, -105||L||5 un||U|
|2/7/2013||NY ISLANDERS||4-1||W||0, -160||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/10/2013||TAMPA BAY||5-1||W||0, -150||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/12/2013||at BOSTON|| |
|2/14/2013||NY ISLANDERS|| |
|2/21/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
|2/23/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|1/19/2013||NY RANGERS||3-1||W||0, -140||W||5 ov||U|
|1/21/2013||WINNIPEG||2-1||W||0, -185||W||5.5 ov||U|
|1/23/2013||at NY RANGERS||3-4||L||0, +105||L||5 ov||O|
|1/25/2013||NY ISLANDERS||4-2||W||0, -185||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/28/2013||at CAROLINA||5-3||W||0, -110||W||5.5 ev||O|
|1/29/2013||NEW JERSEY||2-1||W||0, -170||W||5 ov||U|
|1/31/2013||BUFFALO||4-7||L||0, -175||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/2/2013||at TORONTO||1-0||W||0, -145||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/6/2013||at MONTREAL||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||U|
|2/10/2013||at BUFFALO||3-1||W||0, -145||W||5.5 ev||U|
|2/12/2013||NY RANGERS|| |
|2/15/2013||at BUFFALO|| |
|2/17/2013||at WINNIPEG|| |
|2/21/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|NY RANGERS: |
LAST SEASON: 51-24-7, 109 points. Lost to New Jersey 4-2 in Eastern Conference finals.
COACH: John Tortorella, 6th season with Rangers, 145-100-26; 14th overall, 384-322-100 in NHL.
ADDED: LW Rick Nash, RW Arron Asham, C Micheal Haley, LW Taylor Pyatt, C Jeff Halpern.
LOST: C Artem Anisimov, C Brandon Dubinsky, D Tim Erixon, C John Mitchell, RW Brandon Prust, G Chad Johnson, D Jeff Woywitka, D John Scott, LW Ruslan Fedotenko.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Nash. The big power forward has finally emerged from relative obscurity and landed on the big stage. The 28-year-old Nash, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft by Columbus, played in only four playoff games in nine seasons with the Blue Jackets. His size and scoring ability will both be major factors for the Rangers' offense, which now boasts three premier forwards in Nash, Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards.
OUTLOOK: With reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist in net, and Nash teaming up with Gaborik and Richards up front, the Rangers have every reason to believe they can again top the Eastern Conference in the regular season and carry that through the playoffs, as well.
LAST SEASON: 49-29-4, 102 points. Lost to Washington 4-3 in first round.
COACH: Claude Julien, 6th season with Bruins, 228-132-50; 10th overall, 347-218-10-73 in NHL.
ADDED: D Dougie Hamilton (rookie). F Chris Bourque.
LOST: G Tim Thomas (suspended). F Marc Savard (concussions).
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Tuukka Rask. With Thomas, the two-time Vezina Trophy winner, opting to take a year off, the Bruins will rely on former backup Rask as the primary goaltender. He won the job from Thomas in 2009-10, posting a 1.97 GAA. Anton Khudobin will be the backup.
OUTLOOK: The Bruins are essentially the same team that won the Stanley Cup two years ago - with the important exception of Thomas. The enigmatic Conn Smythe Trophy winner from the title run surprised the team by deciding to take a year off to rest. He will be placed on the suspended list.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NY RANGERS-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Bruins Preview* ========================
New York (6-5-0) at Boston (8-1-1), 7:30 p.m. EDT
After avenging their lone regulation loss, the Boston Bruins now get another opportunity to face the only other team to beat them.
The Bruins can extend their win streak to a season-high four games Tuesday night when they host a New York Rangers club that has won two in a row for the first time.
Boston (8-1-1) is off to the best start in franchise history after Sunday's 3-1 victory at Buffalo. Patrice Bergeron scored the go-ahead goal in the third period on the power e day after a home contest with Tampa Bay was postponed due to the blizzard in the Northeast.
"I think we've got to keep playing the way we've been playing," Bergeron said. "I think character has been key so far. We haven't had our best games every time and we've found ways to battle back and get back into the game and get the lead."
The Bruins have not lost since falling 7-4 to the Sabres on Jan. 31. They suffered a 4-3 defeat in overtime at New York on Jan. 23, four days after Boston won 3-1 at home over the Rangers in both clubs' season opener.
New York (6-5-0) won home games by a 4-1 margin over the Islanders on Thursday and 5-1 over Tampa Bay on Sunday. Now the Rangers will try to improve upon a 1-3-0 road record.
"Boston is a tough building to play in, but I think this is the next step in restoring our identity, by playing well in a big road game," defenseman Michael Del Zotto told the Rangers' official website.
Both teams will try to revive struggling power plays that rank among the worst in the NHL, with Boston at 10.3 percent and New York at 10.0.
Bergeron's tally came after a fortunate carom off the end boards, the kind of break the Bruins feel they haven't been getting with the man advantage.
"I don't think that all power-play goals are beautiful goals," coach Claude Julien said. "You get some good bounces. We've had some great chances that we haven't buried."
Boston is 0 for 10 on the power play in the season series while New York is 1 for 12.
Henrik Lundqvist and Tuukka Rask were in goal for both previous meetings. Lundqvist is playing better than he did last month when he allowed three goals in both matchups against Boston, while Rask has a 1.97 goals-against average this season.
Marian Gaborik scored in OT to complete a hat trick in the last meeting while Milan Lucic has scored once in each contest for Boston.
The Bruins will see a different look since Rangers coach John Tortorella has split up Gaborik, Brad Richards and Rick Nash to give his team better scoring balance.
"The biggest thing is it's not so much the goals but it's just the puck possession and the wall play," Tortorella said. "I just think our lines are a little bit stiffer the way they are right on through the lineup."
Tyler Seguin has no points against the Rangers this season and sat out Monday's practice for maintenance.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 10:13:41 AM EST|