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Rangers at Bruins preview

Boston seeking sixth consecutive victory; New York has won three straight

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

RANGERS (12-9-2) at BRUINS (17-3-5)

1 p.m. ET; NBC


The Game

The Boston Bruins will try to extend their winning streak to six games and their point streak to 10 when they play the New York Rangers at TD Garden on Friday in the 2019 NHL Discover Thanksgiving Showdown.

Forward Brad Marchand will look to extend his point streak to six games for Boston, which is 6-0-3 in its past nine games. Marchand has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his past five games.

Artemi Panarin has 26 points (eight goals, 18 assists) in his past 16 games for the Rangers, who will try to win their fourth straight game and are 7-3-1 in their past 11 games.


Players to watch

Rangers forward Ryan Strome has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past six games.

Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has four points (one goal, three assists) during a four-game point streak.


They said it

"He just gives us so much more depth. It's amazing what one center can do to your whole lineup. Your lineup looks a lot longer and a lot deeper." -- Rangers coach David Quinn on center Mike Zibanejad, who will play his second game since returning from an upper-body injury

"We're not scared to play in an 0-0 game. We know eventually we're going to get our opportunities." -- Bruins forward Brad Marchand


Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Mike Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich

Artemi Panarin -- Filip Chytil -- Ryan Strome

Brendan Lemieux -- Brett Howden -- Kaapo Kakko

Brendan Smith -- Boo Nieves -- Jesper Fast

Brady Skjei -- Jacob Trouba

Ryan Lindgren -- Adam Fox

Libor Hajek -- Tony DeAngelo

Henrik Lundqvist

Alexandar Georgiev

Scratched: Micheal Haley

Injured: Greg McKegg (lower body), Marc Staal (ankle)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Charlie Coyle -- Danton Heinen

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- David Pastrnak

Anders Bjork -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner

Joakim Nordstrom -- Par Lindholm -- Brendan Gaunce

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Connor Clifton

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Jack Studnicka, Steven Kampfer

Injured: Patrice Bergeron (lower body), Brett Ritchie (upper body), David Backes (upper body), Zach Senyshyn (lower body), Kevan Miller (knee), John Moore (shoulder), Karson Kuhlman (fractured tibia)


Status report

Neither team practiced on Thanksgiving after playing Wednesday.


Stat pack

Skjei is two points shy from 100 in the NHL. … Krejci is two goals from 200 in the NHL.

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