BostonBruins.com - The Bruins host the New York Rangers in a Saturday matinee at TD Garden, looking to pick up their first win in seven games.
Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. ET (NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub).
"It sounds very bad when you say we lost our last six - we got three points, three games in overtimes or shootouts, but this is the time of the year when you need points," Max Talbot said to reporters pregame, a few hours prior to puck drop.
"And I don't care the way you're doing it, but you can't really look back right now, it's about moving forward and it's living in the now."
"And right now, at 1:00 p.m., we're going to have a good game against the Rangers and it's going to be exciting, and I think it's going to be like that until the end of the season."
The Rangers come in as the top team in the League, with 101 points, while the Bruins remain tied with Ottawa, who has a game in hand. The Senators face off against Toronto on Saturday night.
"We have to be desperate," said Talbot. "I think every team is desperate, whether it's the Rangers trying to win the League or us trying to fight for a playoff spot, every team's going to be desperate until the end of the season, and it's a good way to get into the playoffs as well."
"[It's about] desperation and finding ways to really establish our system right away," said Patrice Bergeron. "It's about results right now. We can play good games, but at the end of the day, we need the two points."
New York has earned at least one point in 20 of its last 23 games (17-3-3). The Rangers became the first team this season to clinch a playoff berth, with a 5-1 win over Ottawa on Thursday night. They rank in the top five in the NHL in both goals per game and goals against. their plus-56 goal differential is tops in the League.
"You have to take away their speed and our neutral zone forecheck's going to be really important," said Bergeron. "Last time in New York, we had missed coverage and they took advantage of that, especially with their speed, so we just need to make sure we deny that and play a sound defensive game."
"We know what's ahead of us, we know the games coming up, the importance of the points and I think this team is committed and ready to go, for sure."
Henrik Lundqvist will be in goal for New York, playing his first game since sustaining a vascular injury on Feb 2, when he took a puck to the throat.
Cam Talbot went 15-4-3 in his absence. This marks the first time the Bruins will be facing Lundqvist this season, with the teams having split the season series thus far.
So, what's the key to beating Lundqvist?
"Not to make it easy," said Head Coach Claude Julien. "I think it's pretty obvious you've got to not give him an easy game. I think that's going to be an important part of our game here. We've got to get some good net-front presence, some tough shots on him and try and score some goals five-on-five, something that we haven't done very well lately."
"We know how good he can be," said Bergeron. "So it's about going at them early and having some traffic and finding ways to make it hard for them to see the puck."
Projected Lineup vs. Rangers March 27
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Krejci
Milan Lucic - Ryan Spooner - David Pastrnak
Loui Eriksson - Carl Soderberg - Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly - Gregory Campbell - Max Talbot
Zdeno Chara - Adam McQuaid
Torey Krug - Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski - Zach Trotman
Starter: Tuukka Rask // Backup: Niklas Svedberg
Healthy Scratch: Daniel Paille
Injured: Brett Connolly (finger)