Gameday: Bruins and Rangers meet again
For the second time in the last five days, the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers meet again.
After the Bruins took the season opener Saturday, the 0-2 Rangers, coming off a loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, will be looking for revenge and their first win of the season. The Bruins, meanwhile, will look to build off the win over Winnipeg and start 3-0 for the first time since the 2001-02 season.
Head coach Claude Julien is hopeful that defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will return to the lineup after missing Monday’s game with a lower-body injury, while Brad Marchand should be ready to go after missing practice on Tuesday due to a “maintenance day” (that probably won’t be the last time you hear that term in the shortened season).
On the other side, head coach John Tortorella shuffled his lines for Tuesday’s practice in hopes of getting his team off the schneide.
After the jump: more storylines, line projections, linkage and tweets of interests
Gametime: 7:30 p.m.
T.V./Radio: NBC Sports Network, 98.5 The Sports Hub
Location Madison Square Garden, New York City
Records: Bruins (2-0, 4 points), Rangers (0-2, 0 points)
Bruins projected lines
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dougie Hamilton-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Rangers projected lines
Rick Nash-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin-Brian Boyle-Taylor Pyatt
Mike Rupp-Jeff Halpren-Stu Bickel
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-Steve Eminger
Bruins to watch
It’s only been two games but defenseman Dougie Hamilton seems to be fitting right in on the Bruins’ blueline. After skating alongside Zdeno Chara on Monday, the former first round pick should be paired again with Seidenberg assuming he returns from a lower-body injury Wednesday night. Either way, those are two defensemen that Hamilton can learn from.
While the penalty kill has been outstanding, the power play continues to be a sore spot (stop me if you’ve heard this before). In fact the two have been polar opposites with the PK unit killing off each of their nine shorthanded opportunities, while the man advantage has not scored in nine attempts. Expect the Bruins PP to be a work in progress throughout the season, but for Wednesday we’ll see if Chris Bourque continues to get time on the second unit.
Rangers to watch
Through two games, Henrik Lundqvist hasn’t exactly put up the stellar numbers that we’ve seen over the years. Last year’s Vezina Winner has already given up seven goals in 59 shots and was pulled in Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh. To be fair to King Henrik, though, his defense has been allowing a few more shots than usual. And for a team that prides itself on blocking shots, that is not a good sighting through two games.
After getting drilled by former Boston College defenseman Brooks Orpik near the end of Sunday’s loss, fellow Eagles alumni Chris Kreider returned to practice on Tuesday and seems to be ready to go. We’ll see how he responds as he is assumably going to be paired with Derek Stepan and Ranger captain Ryan Callahan as part of Tortorella’s line changes.
Inspired by Stanley Cup of Chowdah’s campaign for donating trees for goals, the NHL announced that they will be doing the same per hat trick. If that doesn’t deserve a stick tap, then I don’t know what does.
After dropping the ceremonial first puck Monday, Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman discussed her love for hockey and the Bruins (James Murphy/ESPN Boston).
CSNNE Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty talks about the Lucic-Krejci-Horton line once again leading the Black and Gold.
Blueshirts United has a slideshow on the Rangers’ looking for their first win in 2013.
Joe Fortunato of Blueshirt Banter says Ranger fans shouldn’t panic just yet.
Tortorella is looking for a different mindset from his team already according to Andrew Gross of The Bergen Record.
Tweets of interest
For those wondering if Rich Peverley has joined Twitter, we’re sorry to disappoint you. Apparently the @RichPeverley account is a fake according to Bruins media relations guru Eric Tosi (@EricTosi).
— Eric Tosi (@EricTosi) January 23, 2013
And Blueshirts bulletin’s Kevin Baumer (@kevinbaumer) is already excited about Bickel’s playing time at forward…or potentially lack thereof.
Everyone excited to see Stu Bickel play 1:30 at forward tonight!? #NYR
— Kevin Baumer (@kevinbaumer) January 23, 2013