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Preview: Bruins at Rangers

Goalie Zane McIntyre makes first NHL start for Boston; Henrik Lundqvist in net for New York

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

BRUINS (3-3-0) at RANGERS (4-2-0)

8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV


Bruins team scope

Rookie goalie Zane McIntyre will make his first NHL start after making his first NHL appearance in relief of fellow rookie Malcolm Subban in the Boston Bruins' 5-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden on Tuesday. McIntyre made 15 saves on 17 shots after relieving Subban with 9:24 to play in the second period. Subban will be the backup. The Bruins are going with the rookie tandem for the second straight game because Tuukka Rask (general soreness) and Anton Khudobin (upper body) remain out. "Just exciting," McIntyre said. "Obviously anxious to get out there, but confident in my preparation, what I do beforehand to get prepared for the game. Just going to take those normal steps, eat the same stuff, do the same stuff, do the weird quirky stuff beforehand and just be ready to rock when the puck drops." Boston will also be without forward David Backes for the second straight game. Backes had surgery to remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow Monday, according to general manager Don Sweeney, and his condition is expected to be updated after the weekend. The Bruins have lost back-to-back games by a combined score of 9-2. They have been outshot 62-48 in those games.


Rangers team scope

The New York Rangers are looking to improve to 4-1-0 at home this season and are coming off of a 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist will make his fourth consecutive start. Lundqvist has allowed six goals on 75 shots in his past three starts after giving up six goals on 46 shots in his first two. Forward Pavel Buchnevich (back spasms) participated in the full team morning skate Wednesday and coach Alain Vigneault said he possibly could be ready to play Friday, when the Rangers are at the Carolina Hurricanes. The Rangers are 22-1-2 in games when defenseman Ryan McDonagh plays 25 or more minutes dating back to Oct. 16, 2014.


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Matt Beleskey -- David Krejci -- Danton Heinen

Dominic Moore -- Ryan Spooner -- Jimmy Hayes

Tim Schaller -- Austin Czarnik -- Noel Acciari

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug -- Adam McQuaid

John-Michael Liles -- Colin Miller

Zane McIntyre

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Riley Nash, Joe Morrow

Injured: Tuukka Rask (general soreness), Anton Khudobin (upper body), David Backes (elbow), Kevan Miller (hand)


Rangers projected lineup

J.T. Miller -- Mika Zibanejad -- Mats Zuccarello

Jimmy Vesey -- Derek Stepan -- Rick Nash

Michael Grabner -- Kevin Hayes -- Jesper Fast

Brandon Pirri -- Oscar Lindberg -- Josh Jooris  

Ryan McDonagh -- Nick Holden

Marc Staal -- Kevin Klein

Brady Skjei -- Dan Girardi

Henrik Lundqvist

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Adam Clendening, Dylan McIlrath

Injured: Pavel Buchnevich (back spasms), Chris Kreider (neck spasms)


Status report

The Bruins recalled Czarnik from Providence of the American Hockey League to replace Backes. Coach Claude Julien said he won't know if Czarnik will play until after warmups. … Kreider did not skate Wednesday and is listed as day to day. 


Who's hot

McDonagh has at least one assist in each of the past four games, tying his NHL career high for consecutive games with an assist. … Miller and Pirri have points in the past two games, each with a goal and an assist.

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