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Pastrnak looks to score in sixth straight game for Boston; New York has point in two straight

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

BRUINS (7-1-2) at RANGERS (3-4-1)



The Game

David Pastrnak will try to extend his goal-scoring streak to six games when the Boston Bruins play the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

The Bruins are coming off a 3-0 home win against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday and are 4-0-2 in their past six games. 

Pastrnak has scored nine goals during his five-game scoring streak. He is three goals from tying Phil Esposito's Bruins record (14) for most goals in October, set in 1973. Boston has two games remaining this month. 

The Rangers defeated the Buffalo Sabres 6-2 on Thursday and have points in back-to-back games, including a 3-2 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday.


Players to watch

Bruins forward Anders Bjork scored his first goal of the season in his second game Saturday.

Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo has four points (three goals, one assist) in his past two games. 


They said it

"It looks like he's going to be a National Hockey League player. I don't want to jump to conclusions in two games, but so far so good." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on Bjork

"If we break out pucks, which has been our main focus, we're going to be good because we have a lot of speed and a lot of talent. Quicker out of the 'D' zone, the more chances we're going to have." -- Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- Charlie Coyle -- Brett Ritchie

Anders Bjork -- Par Lindholm -- Danton Heinen

Peter Cehlarik -- Sean Kuraly -- David Backes

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Connor Clifton

Jaroslav Halak

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: None

Injured: Joakim Nordstrom (infection), Chris Wagner (lower body), David Krejci (upper body), Kevan Miller (knee), Karson Kuhlman (fractured tibia), John Moore (shoulder), Anton Blidh (shoulder)


Rangers projected lineup 

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Jesper Fast

Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Pavel Buchnevich

Brendan Lemieux -- Brett Howden -- Kaapo Kakko

Greg McKegg -- Lias Andersson -- Brendan Smith

Libor Hajek -- Jacob Trouba

Marc Staal -- Adam Fox

Brady Skjei -- Tony DeAngelo

Henrik Lundqvist

Alexandar Georgiev

Scratched: Micheal Haley

Injured: Yegor Rykov (ankle)


Status report

Kakko will play on the third line after playing on the first line against Buffalo. … DeAngelo will move up to the top power-play unit, replacing Trouba. … Strome missed practice Saturday because of an illness. … Cassidy said Nordstrom is out with an infection issue and Wagner won't play because he was injured blocking a shot Saturday. Kuhlman was placed on injured reserve Sunday, and Cehlarik was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League.


Stat pack

Marchand has 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in a nine-game point-scoring streak. … The Rangers will be playing their 2,000th regular-season game at the current Madison Square Garden, which opened in 1968. … Zibanejad will play in his 500th NHL regular-season game.

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