With fewer than 10 games left to go in the regular season, the Boston Bruins (39-26-8) and the New York Rangers (41-24-8) are trying to cement their playoff positions in the Eastern Conference. They'll meet Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden; the puck drops at 8 PM ET on NBCSN.
The Bruins have run hot and cold all season, and they're chilly right now after losing three straight road games. No. 1 netminder Tuukka Rask (.918 save percentage) is projected to start for Boston, but this is the front end of back-to-back games for the Bruins, so they might go with Jonas Gustavsson (.913 SV%) instead. Neither man has played all that well for Boston this year. They're also not getting enough help from their defense, which allows 30.8 shots on goal per game (No. 21 overall).
New York is expected to stick with top goalie Henrik Lundqvist (.922 SV%) on Wednesday. Lundqvist hasn't gotten much support from his defense, either, at 30.4 shots allowed per game (No. 20). However, after losing four consecutive starts, Lundqvist will skate into the Garden on a winning note following Monday's 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers (+135 away).
NHL : Bruins, Rangers Renew Old Rivalry
This week's edition of Wednesday Night Rivalry (8 PM ET, NBCSN) sees the 41-24-8 New York Rangers host the 39-26-8 Boston Bruins in an Original Six classic. They've split two games home and away this year, leaving the Bruins ahead 291-242-106 since they first met in 1926.
Both teams are projected to start their No. 1 goalies: Tuukka Rask (.918 save percentage) for the Bruins and Henrik Lundqvist (.922 SV%) for the Rangers. Rask is coming off back-to-back road losses for the Bruins, while Lundqvist snapped a four-game losing streak Monday night against the Florida Panthers (+135 away).