New York Rangers vs. Boston Bruins
Tip-off: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 – 7:30 PM ET
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
The Boston Bruins were able to avenge their lone regulation defeat and now have a chance to impress their YouWager fans by beating the only other team that has made them look bad this season.
Tonight Boston can further their win streak to a season-high four games when they host a New York Rangers.
The Bruins (8-1-1) are off to the best start in franchise history after Sunday’s 3-1 win versus the Buffalo Sabres. Patrice Bergeron scored the go-ahead goal in the third period on the power play one day after a home contest versus the Tampa Bay Lightning was postponed due to weather.
Boston has not lost since falling 7-4 to Buffalo on Jan. 31. The team suffered a 4-3 loss in overtime versus the Rangers on Jan. 23, four days after the Bruins won 3-1 at home over the same team in both clubs’ season opener.
The Rangers (6-5-0) won home games by a 4-1 margin over the New York Islanders on Thursday and 5-1 over the Lightning on Sunday. The Rangers will now try to bounce back with a 1-3-0 road record.
Both hockey teams will try to revive struggling power plays that rank among the worst in the hockey league, with the Bruins at 10.3 percent and the Rangers at 10.0.
Bergeron’s tally came after a lucky carom off the end boards, the kind of break Boston feels they haven’t been getting with the man advantage.
The Bruins are 0 for 10 on the power play in the season series while the Rangers are currently 1 for 12.
Henrik Lundqvist and Tuukka Rask were in goal for both previous NHL games. Lundqvist is doing a much better job than he did last month when he allowed three goals in both matchups versus the Bruins, while Rask has a 1.97 goals-against average this season.
Marian Gaborik scored in OT to complete a hat trick in the last meeting while Milan Lucic has scored once in each contest for the Bruins hockey team.
Boston will see a different look since New York’s coach John Tortorella has split up Gaborik, Brad Richards and Rick Nash to hopefully give his team better scoring balance.