NEW YORK -- At the tail end of an important five-game road trip, the New York Rangers have reached what could be a pivotal moment in their season. Their matchup Friday afternoon (1 p.m. EST, NBC, TSN) against the Boston Bruins could go a long way toward moving them up the Eastern Conference standings.
But for two Rangers forwards, visiting Boston the day after Thanksgiving also affords an opportunity to reconnect with friends and family.
"My folks noticed it [on the schedule]. They told me about it. They were excited," said Brian Boyle, a Massachusetts native who played college hockey at Boston University. "I think we're traveling that day, on Thanksgiving. It will be nice to see the family, but it's hockey season. Sometimes you miss out on things like that, but it will be nice to see them. I'm sure I'll see them all on Friday after the game."