The Boston Bruins will be hosting the New York Rangers today at 1 p.m. It will be a battle between two original six teams. Who will win?
The Rangers have been hot with a 12-4-3 record. They are second in their division with 27 points, only behind the Caroline Hurricanes and Washington Capitals with 29 points each. The Rangers won Wednesday 4-1 over their divisional rival the New York Islanders. This win kept the Isles losing streak going to seven in a row. Their struggles continue after this loss with a record of 5-9-2.
The Rangers leader in goals and power-play goals, Chris Kreider, will be looking to continue what he does best. He will stay in front, trying to block the goalie’s view and do a last second tip in to score. Kreider got his 14th and 15th goals of the season, his first being a power-play goal in the win against Isles. That was his ninth PPG of the season. Kevin Rooney also scored twice for the Rangers in his first ever multi-goal game.
The Bruins have a 10-6-0 record with 20 points. They are fifth in their division. Brad Marchand leads the team in total points (21), goals (8) and assists (13). Boston is looking for their seventh win in November in 10 games.
In their last game, the Bruins won 5-1 against the Buffalo Sabres. The Bruins scored four times in the first period. Two of their goals were PPG, scored by David Pastrnak in the first period and Taylor Hall in the third period. Charlie Coyle, Patrice Bergeron and Mike Reilly also scored.
In the last 10 games, the Bruins are 7-3-0. The Rangers are 6-2-2. Boston’s home record is 6-2-0, where the Rangers are 7-3-2 away. The Rangers are second in their division, while the Bruins are fifth in theirs.
According to hockey-reference.com, the all-time record for the Rangers against the Bruins is 262-297-97-4. These numbers are not that great for the Rangers at all. Their current play must be taken into consideration. They are a hot team right now, having won six of their last seven games.
Another thing to look at is who will step up? Will Mika Zibanejad, Kreider, Ryan Strome and Artemi Panarin lead the way? Will other key players like Adam Fox, Filip Chytil, Alexis Lafreniere, Jacob Trouba and Kaapo Kakko get involved? Stay tuned for the 1 p.m. showdown to see who wins this original six matchup.
Featured Image Courtesy of espn.com
“From Our Haus to Yours“