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Daily Primer Nov. 19: Rangers host Bruins

Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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Daily Primer Nov. 19: Rangers host Bruins
Tuesday, November 19 features 10 NHL games, highlighted by an "Original Six" matchup between the Boston bruins and New York Rangers.

An Original Six matchup in New York City highlights what is primed to be an exciting night on the NHL schedule Tuesday.

The Boston Bruins, who earned a 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Monday night, finish up their three-game road trip Tuesday, when they'll face the New York Rangers in front of a nationally televised audience (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, NESN, MSG 2).

Here's a look at all the action Tuesday:

St. Louis Blues at Buffalo Sabres -- After opening their three-game road trip with a 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday, the Blues will try to bounce back against the Sabres, who split a home-and-home series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the first two games for Buffalo interim coach Ted Nolan. Tuesday marks the first meeting between the Blues and Sabres since Jan. 21, 2012.

New York Islanders at Toronto Maple Leafs -- The Islanders begin a three-game road trip Tuesday, and they will do it without the services of No. 1 goalie Evgeni Nabokov, who suffered a groin injury during a 5-4 shootout win against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night. Newsday reported Nabokov could miss at least four weeks, which means 23-year-old Kevin Poulin is about to see his workload increase a great deal. The Maple Leafs opened their five-game homestand by beating Buffalo on Saturday. Toronto is 7-2-0 at Air Canada Centre.

Ottawa Senators at Philadelphia Flyers -- If Senators coach Paul MacLean has decided who will play goal Tuesday, he isn't telling anybody. Craig Anderson has allowed 11 goals in three starts since returning from a neck injury. Robin Lehner won all three starts in Anderson's absence and has a .945 save percentage in eight games this season. The Flyers may finally be turning a corner; they are 3-0-1 in their past four games, with three of those games on the road. They've scored 13 goals in that span. Now Philadelphia returns home, where it has won three of 10 games and has been outscored 29-15.

Minnesota Wild at Montreal Canadiens -- The surging Wild enter with an eight-game point streak (7-0-1) and have moved within two points of the first-place Chicago Blackhawks in the Central Division. Josh Harding's remarkable story seems to get better each day; he made 21 saves Sunday night for his 12th win of the season in a 2-1 victory against the Winnipeg Jets. Harding boasts a 1.25 goals-against average and .946 save percentage in 17 appearances. The Canadiens will be looking to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday. Goalie Carey Price is 1-3-2 over his past six games despite a 2.16 GAA and .920 save percentage over that stretch.

Nashville Predators at Detroit Red Wings -- Nashville returned home for one game after a seven-game road trip and cruised past Chicago in a 7-2 win at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday to snap a four-game skid. Now, the Predators get right back on the road to face a former division rival. Detroit has struggled mightily at home; the Red Wings are winless at Joe Louis Arena in their past seven games. Overall, Detroit is winless in its past six (0-1-5), with the past five games requiring more than regulation time.

Boston Bruins at New York Rangers -- The Bruins get right back at it after ending a three-game road skid Monday, when they earned a 4-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who conclude their three-game road trip in New York. The Rangers are struggling to score goals again; one night after earning a 1-0 victory at Montreal, they were shut out at home 1-0 by the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden. New York has three goals in its past three games.

Chicago Blackhawks at Colorado Avalanche -- Chicago's annual "circus trip" begins Tuesday against the Avalanche, who have lost three straight. The Blackhawks will visit six more cities before they play their next home game, which won't take place until Dec. 3. Chicago responded nicely from the 7-2 loss to Nashville by earning a 5-1 win against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night at United Center. Not only is Colorado in the midst of a skid, but it will be without forward Matt Duchene for the next week due to an oblique injury suffered during a 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Edmonton Oilers-- Columbus has earned points in four straight games, but was winless in the first three before a 4-1 victory against Ottawa on Sunday afternoon behind three power-play goals. The Blue Jackets' penalty kill, meanwhile, has turned aside 22 of the opposition's past 25 man advantages. Edmonton fans will have to wait for goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to make his Oilers debut; coach Dallas Eakins announced Monday that Devan Dubnyk will get the start.

Florida Panthers at Vancouver Canucks -- Four different players scored for Florida in its 4-1 win against Colorado on Saturday. The Panthers have won two of their past three games, the first time that's happened this season. Those wins came against the Avalanche and Anaheim Ducks, a sign interim coach Peter Horachek may have the Panthers headed in the right direction. Vancouver is 0-3-1 in its past four games. The Canucks fired 43 shots on goal Sunday night, but still fell short in a 2-1 loss to Kari Lehtonen and the Dallas Stars. Vancouver has had at least 35 shots on goal in each of its past three games.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Los Angeles Kings -- Tampa Bay has won two of the three games its played without Steven Stamkos, who is out indefinitely after suffering a broken tibia last week in Boston. Perhaps even more impressive, the Lightning improved to 7-0-0 against Western Conference opponents after earning a 5-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks last Thursday. Los Angeles returns home after a strong showing in the New York area; the Kings picked up road wins against the Islanders, Rangers and New Jersey Devils. Ben Scrivens, who is filling in for the injured Jonathan Quick, has been dominant. Scrivens was named the NHL's First Star of the Week after going 3-0-1 with a 0.66 GAA, .977 save percentage and two shutouts.

Quote of the Day

I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh