Rangers Look To Rebound Against Boston
Each team looks to rebound from a loss yesterday as Boston fell victim to the Capitals and the Rangers lost a sloppy game against Philadelphia.
Boston has won both meetings this season, albeit both by a lone goal. Rangers will again turn to Henrik Lundqvist to right the ship as both the Flyers, Capitals and Blue Jackets right behind them for 2nd in the Metropolitan division.
The Rangers had a very winnable game against Philadelphia as Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller failed to take advantage of prime scoring chances. However, losses happen and there were some positives to take out of the game. Daniel Carcillo and Dan Girardi played a great game against Philadelphia, ratcheting up their physical play as they swarmed the Flyers at every turn. The Bruins play a notorious physical game and to beat a tough Boston team, the Rangers have to force the Bruins to make mistakes. Still, the Rangers have to make the Bruins pay if they have any chance of avoiding a Boston sweep.
Everyone knows that Ryan Callahan has been shopped around this season, as Sather and Callahan’s game of chicken is quickly reaching its endgame. Martin St. Louis is trying to force his way out of Tampa Bay and has been on fire ever since he was left off of Team Canada initially. The Rangers however are in the middle of establishing themselves as a team in the playoffs as they are followed closely by the Flyers, Capitals, Blue Jackets, and even the Devils. NY needs to pick up as many points as they possibly can. The Bruins can manhandle any team and demand your uninterrupted attention.
Fulltilt Forecast: Sloppy play leads to the Rangers second consecutive loss as Boston takes advantage of a distracted Rangers team and beats the Rangers in a solid 3-1 victory and complete the season sweep of the Blueshirts. Brassard’s 8 game point streak comes to a halt against Chara, Rask, and company.