Two of the Original Six teams will be in the spotlight Friday when the New York Rangers take on the Boston Bruins in the 2013 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown (1 p.m. ET, NBC, TSN) at TD Garden. It's the Rangers' fifth of 14 scheduled games against Original Six opponents, against whom they've enjoyed some success. Since 2005-06, New York is 60-39-12 against Original Six teams, including 22-8-2 against Boston during that time.
The game Friday carries significance even in the early portion of the regular season. The Bruins lead the Eastern Conference with 34 points and will look to erase the sting of a 6-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. The Rangers' 5-2 victory against the Florida Panthers moved them into second place in the Metropolitan Division. The teams may not be division rivals, but this matchup fits neatly into the framework of a New York vs. Boston rivalry. The Bruins will look to get back on their game and the Rangers are after revenge for a 2-1 loss Nov. 19 and a five-game ousting against Boston in last season's Eastern Conference Semifinals.