May 16, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT
The Boston Bruins got out of their first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs alive, but those seven playoff games took their toll.
They’ll roll into Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Rangers on Thursday without defensemen Dennis Seidenberg, Wade Redden and Andrew Ference. On the bright side, dinged-up pest Brad Marchand will play as promised.
On the Rangers’ side, the Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti points out that John Tortorella is expected to acknowledge the Bruins’ forward depth by splitting up key blueliners Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi.
The two “Original Six” franchises are set to renew acquaintances at 7:30 p.m. ET tonight on NBC Sports Network.
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- Bolts strike Stanley Cup Final berth thanks to Game 7 win over Rangers 75
- The Ducks got Kesler for a game like Saturday’s 32
- Duchene slams Russian players for storming off after Canada’s 2015 WHC win 58
- DeBoer predicts ‘big bounce-back’ in San Jose 14
- Sabres name Bylsma head coach 46
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- Report: Bylsma to Sabres being held up by compensation issue 56
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- Duchene slams Russian players for storming off after Canada’s 2015 WHC win (58)
- Report: Bylsma to Sabres being held up by compensation issue (56)