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Daily Primer Jan. 19: Bruins, Blackhawks set for rematch

Sunday, 01.19.2014 / 12:45 AM / NHL Insider

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Daily Primer Jan. 19: Bruins, Blackhawks set for rematch
They haven't faced each other since the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, but the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks will share the same ice Sunday.

They haven't faced each other since the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, but the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks will share the same ice Sunday.

Chicago, which won its second championship in four years last June when it beat the Bruins in a pulsating six-game series, will face Boston in a matinee at United Center (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, NHLN-CA).

"There's going to be that history there," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "I think it's fresh in their memory and it's definitely fresh in ours, that we still want to prove we're the defending Stanley Cup champions. I think there's a lot of respect between both teams, considering the way that series was played, but [this] is a game that we want to win ... probably more than any other game throughout the season."

Here's a look at the action Sunday:

Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackhawks -- The Bruins would obviously like to get at least some revenge for what transpired last June, but the bigger focus is getting two more points in the Atlantic Division race. A 4-2 road win against the Dallas Stars on Thursday kept Boston in first place, one point ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Chicago is coming off one of its better efforts of late, a 4-2 victory against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa scored twice against Anaheim and has four goals and two assists during a four-game points streak.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes -- Tampa Bay will play its fifth game in seven days. Lightning captain Martin St. Louis scored four goals Saturday, but it wasn't enough in a 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks at Tampa Bay Times Forum. While Tampa Bay hasn't fared well recently at home (0-3-2 in its past five), it's 5-2-0 in its past seven on the road. Carolina is coming off a 3-2 win against the Florida Panthers at PNC Arena on Saturday. Alexander Semin scored twice for the Hurricanes, who had lost their previous two games.

Washington Capitals at New York Rangers -- Washington will aim to salvage the final game of its three-game road trip after dropping the first two by a combined score of 9-4. Capitals coach Adam Oates made changes to his line combination at practice Saturday with hopes of sparking the offense. Among the changes was a split of forwards Jason Chimera and Joel Ward, who have been together for all 48 games this season. After starting 6-10-2 at home, New York is 5-1-1 in its past seven at Madison Square Garden. In that seven-game stretch, the Rangers have allowed more than two goals once, with three one-goal games and a shutout. Henrik Lundqvist is 6-2-1 in his past nine starts.

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