The Bruins will look to exact some revenge for an Oct. 23 loss when they travel to New York to take on the Rangers Wednesday night.
The Rangers edged the Bruins in Boston back in October, 3-2, behind Henrik Lundqvist's 35 saves, ending Boston's four-game win streak at the time.
The Bruins, currently in second place in the Northeast Division, is actually a much better team on the road, with an impressive 6-1-0 record (compared to just 3-4-1 at home). The Rangers are 4-5-1 at Madison Square Garden (interestingly enough, better on the road also, at 6-2-0), and second in the Atlantic Division.
Much of Boston's early success this season is because of the play of goalie Tim Thomas (9-1-0), who leads the league with four shutouts, a 1.32 GAA and .960 SV%.
"I just felt like they weren't going to find a way to score," Thomas said.
While that statement could apply to many of his opponents this season, it wasn't the case against the Rangers (10-7-1) in his last two matchups with them. Boston lost 3-1 on Jan. 9 at TD Garden and 1-0 at MSG on Nov. 1, 2009.
Boston will indeed have their hands full with Lundqvist between the pipes, says Stanley Cup of Chowder:
The Swedish stopper has a fairly solid .921 save percentage, but has had 5 games this season where he has given up 4 or more goals. The 28-year-old netminder has been a Bruins killer over the course of his NHL career. He is 14-4-2 lifetime against the B's with 4 shutouts, a .951 save percentage, and a 1.42 goals against average.
The puck drops at 7 p.m. ET. The game can be seen locally on NESN and nationally on Versus.