The Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers meet in NHL action from TD Garden on Friday afternoon.
The Boston Bruins will be out to build on their 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres in their last game. Brad Marchand leads the Bruins in scoring with 21 points including team-highs of 8 goals and 13 assists while David Pastrnak has 17 points with 6 goals and 11 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 15 points with 7 goals, 8 assists and a team-high +5 plus/minus rating. Charlie McAvoy also has a +5 plus/minus with 13 points lcuding 10 assists this season. Jeremy Swayman’s gone 6-3 with a 2.23 GAA and a .914 save percentage in goal for Boston while Linus Ullmark is 4-3 with a 2.87 GAA and a .908 save percentage this season.
The New York Rangers will try to add to a 4-1 win over the Islanders in their last game. Artemi Panarin and Adam Fox lead the Rangers with 19 points apiece, both posting a team-high 19 assists with Fox logging a team-best +6 plus/minus rating this season. Chris Kreider also has 18 points with a team-high 15 goals as well as 9 power play goals while Mika Zibanejad has 16 points with 12 assists. Igor Shesterkin’s seen the majority of the work in goal for New York, going 10-3-2 with a 2.24 GAA and a .932 save percentage this season.
Boston is 17-5 in their last 22 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 games against the Metropolitan division while the under is 35-16-2 in their last 53 games against the Eastern Conference. New York is 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 4-10 in their last 14 games as an underdog while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games.
These are two teams that have had their ups and downs as long as I’ve been keeping a respective eye on them, but one thing is for sure, that both are more than capable of playing tough, physical hockey and are solid on the defensive end. Two original six teams here and I’m envisioning some rough hockey and lots of physical action. Give me the under in a 3-2 game at best for either side.
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