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NHL on NBCSN: Bruins, Rangers look to win season series

Feb 12, 2013, 7:52 AM EST

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers protects the net against Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden on January 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

NBCSN’s ongoing coverage of the 2013 campaign will continue tonight when the Boston Bruins host the New York Rangers at the TD Garden at 7:30 p.m. ET.

We’re only a quarter of the way through the shortened season, but the Rangers and Bruins are already gearing up for the third and final contest of their 2013 series.

They started the season together with Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask and Boston’s defense doing a superb job of marginalizing the Rangers’ new top-heavy offense en route to a 3-1 win for Boston. However, when they met again on Jan. 23, Rangers forward Marian Gaborik had a hat trick to help his team earn a 4-3 overtime victory.

Through 10 games, the Rangers are just one of two teams to best the Boston Bruins, but things haven’t gone nearly as well in New York. The Rangers struggled early this season and have a troubling 2-4-0 record against their Atlantic Division counterparts.

The Rangers have found success recently, but they’ve done it by beating the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning twice and the 14th place New York Islanders’ once. If the Rangers want to prove that they’ve moved past their initial slump, they’ll have to start winning big games like tonight’s.

Meanwhile, the only pressure the Boston Bruins feel comes from the desire to keep a good thing going. They have an 8-1-1 record and are on a three-game winning streak. Rask rose to the status of starting goaltender after two-time Vezina Trophy-winner Tim Thomas decided to take a year off and so far he’s given Bruins’ fans no reason to regret Thomas’ departure.

Still, the Rangers are one of the few teams to solve Rask recently, so he’ll be looking for revenge at the same time that the Rangers are seeking momentum.

Probable goaltenders: BOS – Rask (6-1-1, 1.96 GAA, .922 SV%) | NYR – Henrik Lundqvist (5-5-0, 2.44 GAA, .911 SV%)

Top scorers: BOS – David Krejci (3-7-10, 10 GP) | NYR – Gaborik, Rick Nash, and Brad Richards are tied with nine points in 11 games.

Notable Injuries:
Boston – Forwards: Marc Savard (concussion)
New York – Defensemen: Michael Sauer (concussion)

  1. christos99 - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Go Rangers!

    • christos99 - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      Go Rangers!!!

  2. sonvar - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Did not realize Marc Savard was even considered part of the roster still. After all this time out with a conclusion I had assumed he retired

    • Ryan Dadoun - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      His contract with the Boston Bruins runs through the 2016-17 campaign. I considered not putting him on the list because the odds of him ever playing again aren’t great, but it is still a noteworthy injury, even if it’s also one that the Bruins have long since accepted.

  3. jrubin12013 - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Go Rangers!

  4. bruinsfan19 - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    I am wondering when Savard will retire because he won’t play another game and he could save the Bruins cap space

    • rpiotr01 - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      Would you leave all that money on the table, knowing you’re not going to be able to continue with your profession? That’s not just for now, it’s for the rest of his life.

      • nunan - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:33 AM

        Every year, the Bruins put him on LTIR at some point, which saves them the cap space of his $4+ million.

    • supercoop8 - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      I think he’s more interested in getting paid than cap space

      • dropthepuckeh - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        I am pretty sure anyone on this board who signed a job contract and then got injured on the job, preventing them from ever working in their profession again would want to get paid. Are you saying he is being greedy? The Bruins have plenty of cap space and as nunan said, can put him on LTIR whenever they like.

        Imagine what the team would be like if he could play again….

      • supercoop8 - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        The original poster said “he could save the Bruins cap space.” I am saying that his prerogative is to continue to be paid and take care of his family; no greed implied and I understand how LTIR affects the cap and well aware that the Bruins are poised to make a move or start extending players with cap space. Savvy was the last point per game Bruin and one of the funnest to watch; amazing if he returned but highly unlikely.

  5. habswoman - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    I’d agree Ryan that it is still a notable injury. The Bruins would be unstoppable if they could score on the power play and Savard would be a huge help.

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