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Need to Know: Bruins at Rangers

Original Six rivals meeting for the first time this season

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - The Bruins (3-3-0, 6 points) will look to snap their two-game losing streak this evening when they travel to Madison Square Garden for a tilt with the New York Rangers (4-2-0, 8 points).

Puck drop is set for 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Network and 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Here's what you should know:

What to Watch For

There is one thing the Bruins would like to do more than anything else against the Rangers tonight - other than win, of course. It is something they have yet to accomplish this season: score the game's first goal.

The Black & Gold, who will be playing the first of four straight road games, have fallen behind in all six games they have played this season and four times have dug themselves a 2-0 deficit. Boston has come back to win three of those contests, but the Bruins know it is not a trend that will lead to much success in the long run.

"We haven't scored first now in six games, so you're playing that kind of a game and the minute you give up a goal you're playing from behind," said Bruins coach Claude Julien following Tuesday night's 5-0 loss to Minnesota. "You've got to find a way to score that first goal, but at the same time I think we need to be much better without the puck and respecting that part of our game a little bit better.

"The mistakes or the lack of coverage or not being in the right place right now is doing a lot of damage to our game and it's hurtful at the end because you end up with this kind of a result."

Julien did not have an update on goalie Tuukka Rask (day-to-day) after last night's game, but did confirm after this morning's pregame skate that Zane McIntyre will start between the pipes against the Rangers.

Video: McIntyre to start against New York Rangers

The Bruins recalled forward Austin Czarnik from Providence Wednesday morning and issued an update on David Backes. B's general manager Don Sweeney announced that Backes, "underwent removal of the olecranon bursa from his elbow on Monday, October 24. His condition will be updated after the weekend." Full details can be found here.

Opposing View

The Rangers have won two in a row and find themselves in second place in the Metropolitan Division, 1 point behind Pittsburgh. New York has scored 22 goals and allowed 16, the plus-6 goal differential good for the third-best mark in the league.

Twenty different Rangers have tallied a point so far this season and have a league-leading eight players with two or more goals. New York is also fourth in the NHL in faceoff win percentage (53.4%).

Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh enters tonight with a career-high four-game point streak (five assists). The five helpers are the second-most among NHL defensemen. Mika Zibanejad is also off to a strong start, with six points (two goals, four assists) in six games and a 57.8% faceoff win percentage.

Henrik Lundqvist is 2-1-0 with a 2.02 goals against average and .920 save percentage so far this season.

On the injury front, forward Chris Kreider is day-to-day with neck spasms.

Wait, There's More

  • Tonight is the 641st all-time meeting between the Original Six rivals and the first of three matchups this season. New York won two of three matchups last year, though the Bruins hold the all-time edge at 291-243-97-9.
  • Twenty-four of the last 33 meetings between the teams have been decided by one goal.
  • It will be another Hayes family reunion. Bruins forward Jimmy Hayes and Rangers forward Kevin Hayes, both Boston College products, will be going head-to-head for the sixth time in the NHL.
  • Brad Marchand is two points shy of 300 for his career. He has nine (three goals, six assists) this season, good for the second-highest total in the NHL.
  • The Bruins have used four goalies in just six games. The last time Boston used that many netminders in a season was 2011-12, when Tim Thomas, Rask, Marty Turco, and Anton Khudobin all saw action.
  • Bruins forward Dominic Moore, who played the last three seasons with the Rangers, makes his return to New York tonight. Moore has two goals in six games this season.
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