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Lundqvist can take sixth place on NHL victories list; Rask tries to become winningest goalie in Boston history

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

RANGERS (20-20-7) at BRUINS (27-16-5)

7 p.m. ET ; NHLN, NESN , MSG , NHL.TV

 

The Game

Henrik Lundqvist and Tuukka Rask each will go for a goaltending milestone when the New York Rangers play the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday.

A win by Lundqvist would be his 446th in the NHL, all with the Rangers, and move him past Terry Sawchuk into sole possession of sixth place on the NHL all-time list. The Rangers have won their past two games, each with Lundqvist in goal.

It will also be a return to Boston for Rangers coach David Quinn, who played at Boston University and coached the Terriers for five seasons before being hired by New York.

Rask's next win will be his 253rd in the NHL, all with the Bruins, and break a tie with Tiny Thompson for the most in Boston history. The Bruins, who are 7-2-1 in their past 10 games, trail the Toronto Maple Leafs by one point for second place in the Atlantic Division.

 

Players to watch

Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad has three goals and four assists during a four-game point streak.

Bruins center David Krejci has three goals and four assists during a five-game point streak.

 

They said it

"Obviously, for me personally, going to school there and coaching in Boston and coaching so many games at the Garden, it will definitely mean a lot more." -- Rangers coach David Quinn on returning to the city where he played and coached

"I'd like to think we have a veteran group, they'll be focused on the task at hand, not worrying about what they're doing tomorrow morning or tonight [after the game]." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, whose team won't play another game until Jan. 29

 

Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Mats Zuccarello

Filip Chytil -- Ryan Strome -- Jesper Fast

Jimmy Vesey -- Boo Nieves -- Vladislav Namestnikov

Cody McLeod -- Brett Howden -- Pavel Buchnevich

Brady Skjei -- Adam McQuaid

Marc Staal -- Tony DeAngelo

Ryan Lindgren -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Henrik Lundqvist

Marek Mazanec

Scratched: Brendan Smith

Injured: Kevin Hayes (upper body), Fredrik Claesson (shoulder), Neal Pionk (lower body)

 

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Peter Cehlarik -- David Krejci -- Jake DeBrusk

Sean Kuraly -- Noel Acciari -- Chris Wagner

Danton Heinen -- Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson -- David Backes

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Ryan Donato, John Moore, Steven Kampfer

Injured: Joakim Nordstrom (fractured fibula)

 

Status report

The Rangers did not have a morning skate. Zuccarello, Fast and Staal didn't practice Friday but are expected to play. … Acciari returns to the lineup in place of Donato, and Grzelcyk replaces Moore.

 

Stat pack

Lundqvist is 445-287-90 with 102 extra-time wins (41 overtime, 61 shootout). Sawchuk was 445-336 with 171 ties. Zuccarello has a four-game point streak (four goals, three assists). … Rask is 252-145-56 with 50 extra-time wins (26 overtime, 24 shootout). Thompson was 252-153 with 63 ties. … Marchand has two goals and three assists during a three-game point streak.

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