Boston’s fortunes have improved since they fired head coach Claude Julien three weeks ago. The Bruins won six of their first seven games with Bruce Cassidy taking over on an interim basis, putting them in third place in the Atlantic Division following Monday’s action. However, the Rangers are also on a hot streak, and they’d be in first place if they were in the Atlantic.
The NHL’s trade deadline is Wednesday at 3 PM ET, so there could be some major personnel changes on both sides of this matchup. Meanwhile, reports at press time say the Rangers have traded two draft picks to the Detroit Red Wings for defenseman Brendan Smith, a solid role player who blocks shots and handles the puck well. The projected starters for Thursday are the usual No. 1 netminders: Tuukka Rask (.912 save percentage) for Boston, and Henrik Lundqvist (.912 SV%) for New York.
NHL Odds: Rangers Add to Blueline Before Bruins MatchupThe New York Rangers will have at least one new player in uniform for Thursday’s game (7 PM ET, NBCSN) against the visiting Boston Bruins. The Rangers have reportedly sent two draft picks to the Detroit Red Wings for defenseman Brendan Smith.
There could be more moves on both sides in advance of Wednesday’s 3 PM ET trade deadline. But the Bruins have already made their most dramatic change, firing head coach Claude Julien three weeks ago and replacing him on an interim basis with Bruce Cassidy. Boston won six of their first seven games after making the switch.