Game Preview: Rangers v. Bruins: Mommy, I’m Scared…
The Rangers are on the road this afternoon to take on the Boston Bruins. The puck drops at 1pm and can be seen locally on MSG+, or Game Channel 3 on the Center Ice Package.
Today’s an afternoon game, which means I had to get my ass up early(ish) on a Saturday to write this for you guys, and then watch our boys hopefully not get curbstomped by the 1st place Boston Bruins who, according to the Ranger website, we would be facing in the playoffs if they started today. I’ve got a large caffeinated beverage and a sausage, egg, and cheese McGriddle by my side(don’t hate), so lets break this shit down.
So the last time we saw our Rangers, they were losing 4-2 to the freakin’ Carolina Hurricanes. They actually didn’t play too badly, but the big difference came down to special teams and defense, and the power play was, as always, God-awful. 4 power plays in the 1st period, and they generated maybe 10 shots. You’re not going to win a cup like that – no way, no how. But first you have to make the playoffs to even get a shot at the cup, and things aren’t looking to good in that respect, either. The defensive coverage needs to pick its ass up, too – 2 of the goals Carolina scored could have been easily avoided if players weren’t able to wander around the crease on their own, not picked up, and just shoot at will.
The season series is split between these two teams is 2-1 at the moment in favor of the Rangers. The game we lost was a 1-0 decision with Tuukka Rask in goal. Yes, this Tuukka Rask. Pretty sure he’s still in the minors, so the Rangers should be up against Tim Thomas today. Speaking of goalies, we all had a scare the other night during the Carolina game when Tuomo Ruutu nearly destroyed Henrik Lundqvist’s arm in the first 5 minutes of the game, and left him writhing around in the crease for a good minute for two, while we all let out a collective “NNNOOOOOO” and gathered every pill in our homes and a bottle of vodka to wash ‘em all down with as we watched all of our playoff hopes circle the drain, because without Hank, this team is nothing.
Luckily, he’s ok, even though it turns out his arm was numb for a good part of the game, and seriously stiff for all of it. And like a true champ, he played through it, and kept the team in the game pretty well, with the exception of that last goal, which wasn’t entirely his fault.
Ok people, this one’s big. They’re all big from now on, but today will be a true test of whether or not this team has what it takes. Boston is the best in the East, and if the Rangers can beat them and take the season series, then you know what? Maybe there’s hope.
Michal Rozsival will be back in the line up this afternoon, and Hank will be back in goal.
Markus Naslund-Chris Drury-Nik Antropov
Fred Sjostrom-Brandon Dubinsky-Nik Zherdev
Sean Avery-Scott Gomez-Ryan Callahan
Lauri Korpikoski-Blair Betts-Colton Orr
Photo Credit: (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Bruins record: 50-17-10 – 7-2-1 in their last 10 - 27-6-6 at home
Rangers record: 40-29-9 – 5-4-1 in their last 10 - 16-18-5 on the road
Bruins: 110 points – 1st place in the East -8 ahead of Washington – 5 games remaining
Rangers: 89 points – 8th place in the East – 1 point behind Montreal, 2 ahead of Florida- 4 games remaining
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Stats from NHL.com
About the author: Rory is a recent college graduate from central New Jersey majoring in History and PR. A Ranger fan all her life, the bane of her existence is the New Jersey Devils, and she harbors a severe hatred for Martin Brodeur. Her favorite current Rangers are Henrik Lundqvist, Sean Avery, and Steve Valiquette, and her favorite all-time Rangers are Mike Richter and Jeff Beukeboom.