Star-studded Rangers lineup take on league leading Bruins

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Mar 2, 2023; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers right wing Patrick Kane (88) sets for a face off during the second period against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL Trade Deadline has passed and the New York Rangers lineup is full of stars. Unfortunately, in their last game against the rough and tough Ottawa Senators those bright lights dimmed out in the third period for a 5-3 loss.

Now they face a Boston Bruins team that has set a record for being the fastest to 100 points in a season and looking for a 10th straight win.

“Every team is going through it. You’re getting different players in and out of your lineup and trying to make everything work perfectly, but it doesn’t work perfectly every time,” Gerard Gallant said Thursday. “Two weeks’ time from now, we’ll be looking back at this and saying a lot of stuff was happening.”

Here’s tonight’s game and broadcast info:

New York Rangers (35-18-9) vs. Boston Bruins (48-8-5)
Date/Time: March 4, 2023 at 1:00 PM ET
Arena: TD Garden
TV: ABC, ESPN+
Radio: ESPN 98.7

New York Rangers take on Boston Bruins

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The New York Rangers have made quite the splash during the NHL’s trade deadline season by acquiring two of the game’s top wingers in Vladimir Tarasenko and Patrick Kane. They also added to their depth with defenseman Niko Mikkola and forward Tyler Motte, who was injured against the Senators on a high hit.

While Tarasenko is starting to heat up with four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in his last two contests, Patrick Kane had a pointless debut.

“[Panarin] is a fun guy to be around and I’ve missed that over the last five, six, seven years, whatever it’s been,” Kane said about chemistry with Panarin. “We picked up right where we left off and hopefully it’s the same on the ice. It might not go as smooth as everyone thinks it’s going to go but hopefully in due time we can figure it out.”

Well, the Rangers are going to need them to figure it out today if they hope to beat the Bruins and keep pace with the New Jersey Devils for second-place in the Metro. Coming into action on Saturday, the Blueshirts are 7 points behind Jersey for home-ice advantage in round one.

They’ll likely have to do so playing shorthanded again with Motte questionable on an illegal hit. New York is already without K’Andre Miller on defense, who was suspended for spitting on an opponent and Ryan Lindgren remains questionable.

The Rangers may be allowed to make an emergency call up if Motte goes on IR. Otherwise, they could be playing with 11 forwards and 5 defenseman again.

Igor Shesterkin is expected to get the start in net today. He’s 3-6-0 lifetime versus Boston with a 2.86 GAA, and a .913 save percentage.

Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore