Couple of reasons why the Bruins game matters.
The Rangers have won their last two against teams that weren’t really good barometers. After such a long drought, being able to actually score again was a good sign, but the Bruins represent the kind of challenge John Tortorella said he welcomes.
“I think it’s a good time for us to face them,” Tortorella said. “I know thy fought it a little bit of late but they’re one of the best teams in the National Hocky League let alone just the East. Afternoon game, national TV game — I think it’s a good setup for us. We have a couple practice days here and let’s see where we stand.”
So far, Tortorella has not moved the lines around all that much. He doesn’t like to give a lot of clues as to his thinking there, but he said Nik Antropov will stay on right wing. If anyone can be moved to center, Tortorella said Brandon Dubinsky was an option.
The Rangers are 0-5 in afternoon games, but Tortorella said none of it matters, afternoon games are fun! See if he can impart that to the rest of the team.
Lastly, don’t forget to move those clocks forward. For those of you who normally sleep til noon, doing so Sunday means you’ll miss the first two periods.