Closing in on the Gap

Tim Thomas will get the start in net. (Credit: Dinur Bum/Flickr)

There are 10 points between the New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference.  Needless to say this game is a must win for the Boston Bruins if they want to have any chance at claiming the conference. The Rangers took the first two meetings between the teams with a 3-2 win in January, and a 3-0 shutout in February. It has now been 7 weeks since the Boston Bruins have won two in a row and frankly this win-lose-win pattern is getting real old.

Who’s Hurt:
Well essentially everyone on the Bruins…not really but that’s how it seems. The last two months have been difficult for the team as injuries have repeatedly knocked them down. Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley are both out for a while. Meanwhile, Andrew Ference (lower body), Tuukka Rask (lower body), and Daniel Paille (upper body) have all suffered injuries over the last two games and will not be in New York for today’s game or Toronto on Tuesday. On the Rangers end, they will be without captain Ryan Callahan (foot) and defenseman Michael Del Zotto (hip) on a day-to-day basis, while defenseman Michael Sauer (concussion) will be out for a while.

Who’s Hot:
Tyler Seguin
has two goals and two assists in his last four games while Ranger’s Marian Gaborik has points in four of his last five games. The Seguin line composed of him David Krejci and Milan Lucic have been the only line to contribute the last six goals that the Bruins have. So yeah I’d say they’re pretty hot. But on a not so happy note, this means that there has been ZERO offense from the other three lines. I expect to see this issue addressed today.

Who to Watch:
Today could be the NHL debut of Lane MacDermid whom the Bruins recalled from Providence yesterday. MacDermid showed chemistry with Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell during the preseason and was on of the last guys cut before the season began. Where Julien puts him, we will find out soon!

I’m expecting Tim Thomas to naturally get the start but with Michael Hutchinson also being recalled from Providence, Julien is giving the team more options. The puck drops at 12:30 on NBC. Keep updated with the game here on A Cup A Bruin!

All statistics from NHLBruins and CSNNE

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