The Rangers look to extend its win streak to three games tonight when it hosts the Boston Bruins at 8 pm at Madison Square Garden.
After an impressive win Saturday night in Washington, the Rangers (4-2-0) followed it up with a mixed performance Sunday night back at The Garden against the Arizona Coyotes. To borrow an Alain Vigneault line from last season, they're not all Picassos, and that's exactly what Sunday night was.
It wasn't the best performance the Rangers turned in this season, but they got two points out of it thanks to a third period goal from the returning Dan Girardi. To put it into perspective, two of the Rangers' better games this season - against St. Louis and Detroit - resulted in losses, so the Rangers will take a win even when its game is sub-par.
The Rangers are expected to have the same lineup tonight as it did on Monday. That means no Chris Kreider (neck spasms) or Pavel Buchnevich (back spasms). Vigneault said on Tuesday that at this point, Kreider could be looked at a bit more than day-to-day, while Buchnevich could return Friday night in Carolina if he continues to progress as he has.
J.T. Miller was given a maintenance day Tuesday but is expected to play.
Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who started both games this weekend, is expected to get the call tonight against Boston, a team he's had much success against, going 23-12-2 with a .935 SV% and a 1.95 goals against with six shutouts in 37 career games.
The Bruins (3-3-0) come into Tuesday night's game off a 5-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night in Boston. Goaltender Malcolm Subban - brother of P.K. - allowed three goals on 16 shots before giving way to Zane McIntyre, who surrendered two goals on 17 shots.
Brad Marchand is leading the way offensively for the Bruins with three goals and six assists for nine points in the six games, followed by David Pastrnak's seven points. Former Ranger Dominic Moore has a pair of goals in his first season with the Bruins.
Goaltenders Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin are both currently sidelined with injuries.
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Rangers vs. Bruins
8 PM at Madison Square Garden
Watch Live on NBCSN