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Rangers Head to Boston to Take on the Bruins

Blueshirts Look for Fourth Straight Win

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

The Rangers (8-3-0, 16 points) look to extend its winning streak to four games tonight against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

New York is coming off a dramatic 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night in which it overcame three separate one-goal deficits. Rick Nash's goal with 1:21 in the third period capped off a night that saw five different Blueshirts score, including Michael Grabner and Kevin Hayes. Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves for his sixth victory of the season.

Saturday marks the second meeting in about 10 days between the Rangers and Bruins, with the first coming back on Oct. 26. New York overcame a two-goal, first period deficit to score five in a row and take it 5-2 at Madison Square Garden. The two teams will meet for a third and final time this season on March 2 in Boston.

New York comes into the contest with 45 goals in its first 11 games this season, or just over four tallies per game, both of which is the tops in the NHL thus far this season. The Rangers are also the only team in the NHL with at least seven players who have four or more goals this season, as well as the only squad with seven players who have nine or more points this season.

The Hayes line with J.T. Miller and Grabner has been red-hot, combining fo seven points in Thursday's victory, and has 18 points in the last three games, including eight goals.

Goaltender Antti Raanta will make his third start of the season. His most recent victory came against Tampa Bay six days ago. He's 2-0 this season with a 2.50 GAA and a .921 SV%.

The Bruins (6-4-0, 12 points) have turned a corner since that loss at The Garden 10 days ago, ticking off three straight wins on the road over Detroit, Florida and Tampa Bay.

The biggest difference with the Bruins since that night? The return of goaltender Tuukka Rask, who returned from injury in Detroit and won all three games since the loss against the Rangers. Rask is 6-0 this season with a 1.48 GAA and a .951 SV% with one shutout.

Boston has struggled offensively this season. Brad Marchand leads the team with 12 points, followed by David Pastrnak with nine in eight games. After that, former Ranger Dominic Moore is third on the team with four points.

Rangers at Bruins

7 PM at TD Garden

Live coverage begins at 6:30 pm on MSG Network

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