The last time the New York Rangers
and Boston Bruins
met, they were neck and neck in the race for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Rangers left the TD Garden that afternoon with a win and sole possession of first place. Now they return to the scene of that dramatic overtime victory with a comfortable seven-point lead. Bruins coach Claude Julien
, however, doesn't want his team worrying about the standings as much as what his players have to do on the ice tonight.
"I don't think we're necessarily looking at this game like we need to catch up with these guys more than we need to play well, and play well to give us a chance to win the game," Julien said after his team's optional morning skate. "It's as simple as that. Right now, our issues are a lot different than worrying about how far ahead they are or how much we need to catch up. We just have to go out there and play. And if we play well and do the job that we know we can, well hopefully we'll come up with a win and the rest will take care of itself."
The Bruins will leave for a six-game, 11-day road trip after facing the Rangers. So they've recalled defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk
and forward Joshua Hennessy
to provide depth while away from home. But for tonight, the lineup figures to feature the same players that beat Nashville on Saturday:
- Chris Kelly
- Rich Peverley
- Patrice Bergeron
- Tyler Seguin
- David Krejci
- Jordan Caron
- Gregory Campbell
- Shawn Thornton
- Johnny Boychuk
- Joe Corvo
- Adam McQuaid