Bruins-Rangers Preview

When and Where: Tonight, 8 P.M. at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

TV/Radio: NBCSN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV, 98.5 The Sports Hub, ESPN New York 98.7

3 Storylines:

McIntyre making first NHL start: The Bruins goalie situation in the past few days has escalated to a crisis level not seen in Boston since the days of Andrew Raycroft and Hannu Toivonen. Tuukka Rask has battled what the Bruins are calling “general soreness” and hasn’t looked himself the past few games. Not to mention Anton Khudobin hurting his wrist and being out for roughly 3 weeks. Malcolm Subban was thrust into the starting role last night and performed poorly in just his second NHL start. McIntyre relieved Subban in the second period last night and gave up 2 more goals. It doesn’t get any easier for McIntyre, the 165th overall pick in the 2010 draft as the Bruins take on the Rangers at MSG.

David Backes out: The Bruins prized free agent signing will miss the next few games after having a procedure on his elbow. Backes suffered the injury on Saturday against the Canadiens and the B’s missed him dearly last night as they struggled to maintain any offensive momentum. Danton Heinen replaced Backes on the second line last night and likely will for the next few games.

McQuaid back: Adam McQuaid made his season debut last night after missing the first five games of the year with an upper body injury. McQuaid played 16 minutes last night with Torey Krug on the second defensive pairing.

Keys to the Game:

Scoring depth: The Bruins have almost exclusively scored their points with their first line this year and need to get more production from guys lie David Krejci and Matt Beleskey. For this to happen, the B’s have to make things simple for key players and put them in position to be successful. Whether that’s putting the puck on net from everywhere or crashing the net, they need to get points from other lines.

New York, New York: MSG has never been an easy place to play as the Bruins have lost their last three games in New York. It is imperative for the Bruins to get that first goal to quiet the away crowd. It will also help give Zane McIntyre some confidence especially early on if they can get that important first goal.

Power is Out: The Bruins powerplay needs to show up tonight as they have struggled mightily to get any momentum on it. They need to get into a rhythm and capitalize with the extra man as they go up against one of the league’s best goalies in Henrik Lundqvist.

Prediction: Rangers 3, Bruins 2

The Bruins are forced to play catchup again as the Rangers get an early goal, they fight back in the third to tie the game but the Rangers pull away with a late strike.

Projected Lines:

Bruins:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Beleskey-Krejci-Heinen

Moore-Spooner-Hayes

Schaller-Nash-Acciari

Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

Liles-Miller

McIntyre

Rangers:

Vesey-Stepan-Nash

Miller-Zibanejad-Zuccarello

Grabner-Hayes-Fast

Pirri-Lindberg-Jooris

McDonagh-Holden

Staal-Klein

Skjei-Girardi

Lundqvist

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