New York is 6-5 and is coming off back to back victories, including a 5-1 win over Tampa Bay on the 10th. The Rangers have scored a combined 9 goals over the modest two-game win streak.
The Rangers though are just 1-3-0 on the road this year, so will be looking for another big effort tonight:
"Boston is a tough building to play in, but I think this is the next step in restoring our identity, by playing well in a big road game," New York defenseman Michael Del Zotto said last night.
Note that New York has seen the total go "over" the number in three of four this year vs. teams with winning records.
Boston is 8-1-1, and is coming off three straight victories, including a 3-1 win at Buffalo on the 10th.
The Bruins are off to their best start in franchise history after Patrice Bergeron scored the go-ahead goal on the power-play in the third period:
"I think we've got to keep playing the way we've been playing," Bergeron assessed afterwards. "I think character has been key so far. We haven't had our best games every time and we've found ways to battle back and get back into the game and get the lead."
It's interesting to note that Boston has seen the total go "over" the number in its only game this year after a three game unbeaten streak.
These teams played each other two weeks ago and New York would escape with a 4-3 OT win. Whenever these Original Six teams get together, it's always a battle, and I believe all signs point to a similarly high-scoring affair!