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Rivalry Night: Rangers, Bruins on NBCSN

Jan 23, 2013, 8:36 AM EDT

Mike Rupp #17 of the New York Rangers and Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins fights during the season opener game on January 19, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) Getty Images

Throughout the season, NBCSN will feature the NHL’s fiercest rivalries on Wednesday nights. Tonight that coverage will kickoff when the Boston Bruins head to Madison Square Garden for a match against the New York Rangers at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The Rangers will be looking for revenge after the Bruins earned a 3-1 victory against them in the season opener. New York followed that up with a 6-3 defeat to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

“We know their season hasn’t started the way they wanted to, so they’re going to come at us with everything they’ve got,” said Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic in a CSN New England report. “They’re a proud team and we’ve had some great battles over the last few years.”

The 24-year-old added that this is the first time the Boston Bruins have gotten to a 2-0-0 start since he joined the team and he hopes they can build off of that early momentum.

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The Bruins are not a team that can be taken lightly, but it looked like New York had the stronger squad on paper going into the season. The Rangers’ odds of winning the Stanley Cup were second only to the Pittsburgh Penguins, in part because of the off-season acquisition of power forward Rick Nash, 28, to add to an elite core of forwards that already included 32-year-old Brad Richards and 30-year-old Marian Gaborik.

New York initially tried to balance its top two lines by splitting up the big three, but after a 0-2-0 start, coach John Tortorella has decided to unite them on the top line, according to the Bergen Record.

Facing that desperate and skilled trio will be another key test for 25-year-old Tuukka Rask in his first season as the Boston Bruins undisputed starting goaltender.

Probable goaltenders: BOS – Rask (2-0-0, 0.96 GAA, .958 SV%) | NYR – 30-year-old Henrik Lundqvist (0-2-0, 4.77 GAA, .865 SV%)

Top scorers: BOS – Nine-way tie with one point. | NYR – Richards (1-2-3, 2 GP)

Notable Injuries:
Boston – Forwards: 35-year-old Marc Savard (concussion) Defensemen: 31-year-old Dennis Seidenberg (lower body)
New York – Forwards: 34-year-old Arron Asham (groin) Defensemen: 25-year-old Michael Sauer (concussion)

  1. franchisethighs - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    You forgot Kreider is out with menstrual cramps.

  2. 87eatsyourmom - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    i heard he had to have immediate surgery to remove his ruptured ovaries?

  3. pooinyourface - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    omg, This is NOT a rivalry! I hate how the NHL is trying to copy MLB and the NFL with the boston vs new york thing. They have people fooled into thinking the Rags and Bs are in the same division. They didnt even play each other in the playoffs last year!

  4. mattybo - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    How did no one notice that under injuries it listed the Rangers from New Jersey? That’s right, the pitt fans were too busy oiling each other up in daisy dukes in the steel mill and talking about Kreider. Funny seeing as a stiff breeze would put Crosby out and if he had taken that hit he wouldn’t be playing for another 6 months. Enjoy scrambled egg brain Sid while you can.

    • mattybo - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      This has since been changed.

      The New Jersey error, not the steel city meat gazing.

  5. mattybo - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Wrong link, still great video.

    Here are the above pitt fans i was talking about.

  6. ironmike778 - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    The Bruins and Rangers haven’t been a rivalry since the early 70’s. Silly to play up that angle. As a 44 year old Bruins fan with season tix since 1991 I can tell you there’s no rivalry here. I actually don’t mind them. Far more hate for the likes of MTL-Buff-Philly.

  7. dropthepuckeh - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    ” but it looked like New York had the stronger squad on paper going into the season.”

    Every GM and owner’s goal should be to be the best team on paper not the ice, ask Vancouver.

  8. 87eatsyourmom - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    both these teams are irrelevant compare to the franchise. as usually we start out the best team in the nhl. cant wait to bring crosbys cup back to the only city that matters!

  9. 8man - Jan 23, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Rivalry or not, it’s always a treat when the Rangers and Bruins tangle. Original 6 goodnessw with a little Boston/New York hate as spice. Thank God, the NHL is back.

    Go Bs!

  10. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Looking forward to another victory, that last could have easily been 6-1, but Henrik was a wall like usual. Where were all you Rangers fans that told me on these boards how they were going to pound the bruins?

  11. sabatimus - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Here’s hoping Lucic doesn’t do something dumb (again) and get himself a de-facto game misconduct for not going to the bench and continuing to take Rupp’s mouthing-off bait. Lucic has a habit of letting his emotions get in the way at exactly the wrong times.

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