Unlikely today: The Rangers steamrolling over the Bruins as easily as they did last week at home.
More likely: The B’s, with a humbling loss fresh in their minds, coming after the Rangers with everything they have left in them—which, mind you, still isn’t that much.
One of the more encouraging elements of the Rangers recent resurgence is they truly have embraced this whole “It’s all about us” mantra, which is essential seeing how they’re not getting much help from anyone else (except for Buffalo last night, which stormed from behind to nip the Leafs in regulation). What that means is they may be less prone to letdowns against inferior teams, and similarly less likely to be intimidated by superior ones.
Meanwhile, another prediction: look for the top unit of Martin Straka, Michael Nylander and Jaromir Jagr to have an extra spark today. Historically whenever that group has been broken up for any sustained period, it’s always flourished once reunited.