The New York Rangers are 3-7-0 in their last ten, on a three-game losing streak, two games above .500 and three points out of a wildcard spot. The good news though they have beat the Bruins two times this season, bad news though(could it get any worse?) both times they beat the Bruins was two or more months ago. Unfortunately, the Bruins have lost only two games during regulation and six games over the last two months. Currently, are 8-1-1 in their last ten and on a three-game winning streak. Good news, the Bruins will start Anton Khubodin tonight, more good news the Bruins are going back to back tonight and are traveling from Detroit to New York in a day. More good news the Bruins are 6-6 in back to back games this year.
Let’s be real…
Ok, so I am being as optimistic as I can be if we face reality we know that the Bruins are one of the best teams in the NHL at the moment. They currently rank fourth in the NHL, have the ninth most goals for(164), allow the least amount of goals in the NHL(121), fourth-most goals for per game(3.22), sixth-best power play(22.3) and sixth best penalty kill(82.7). The Bruins are an unbelievable team this season, and they, of course, have to come into New York during a period when the Rangers are playing terrible, and they have won eight of their last ten and picked up a point in nine of their last ten.
There is not much to be optimistic about, we are seeing a glimpse of what may come for the next several years. The Rangers line up consists of four AHL-players, Cody McLeod(terrible), David Desharnais centering the second line, Steve Kampfer slotted on the second d-pair and Nick Holden playing twenty minutes a game. Times are tough right now. Most certainly will not get easier as the Rangers have requested a first-round pick and prospect for Rick Nash and a first-round pick for Michael Grabner, I guess they are relying on teams to pay high for a rental player. Good luck.
Bruins go with Khudobin in net…
The Bruins even starting Khudobin tonight is not a great sign of a win, Khudobin is 10-3-4, a 2.36 GAA, .924 save percentage and one shutout this season. Even beating the Bruins two times this season is not enough to convince me. The Bruins line up even without Brad Marchand have an arsenal of forwards and defenseman that makes you second-guess one’s ability to gain the zone. Patrice Bergeron, David Pasternak, David Krejci, David Backes(David?), Danton Heinen the rookie sensation thus far, Jacob Debrusk, now on the back end rookie and once Calder favorite Charlie MacVoy, the big, daunting, veteran, Zdeno Chara(now vegan by the way), Torey Krug, shifty offensive defenseman, Brandon Carlo, another rookie, Adam McQuaid the enforcer on the back end. The Bruins have it all and definitely out favor the Rangers in every aspect of the game.
The Bruins and Rangers have been playing each other since 1927, and have met in the regular season plus postseason more than two-hundred times, the history is rich behind these two teams. Even with the Bruins unbelievable season thus far and the Rangers poor play we will see a much better, back and forth, close, hard-fought game on both sides.
What can we expect tonight? Three Predictions…
1. Rangers play a much better, complete game, do not come out as slow, keep it tight all game.
2. Bruins and Rangers exchange chances for the whole game, the power plays do not see much time, but the time they do see, the Rangers don’t capitalize, Bruins capitalize on their one of two power plays.
3. Henrik Lundqvist stands on his head yet again, coming off a 39 save performance, against a rival team like Boston, he tries to put the team on his back but comes up short again.
I don’t think this will be a blowout, the past two meetings have been too tight, but I can see this one being a nail-biter, a game where the Rangers come out hard and actually look like they care. The fans will definitely be “boo-ing” all night at certain times but the Rangers won’t get blown out per say 4, or 5-0.