In the old days, this would have been a classic matchup. It always was when the Rangers went to Boston, usually for a Saturday matinee, back when they played at the old, rat-and-roach infested Boston Garden. The Garden rink was smaller than regulation, and while plenty of people complained about that, the result was a smaller neutral zone, and more shallow corners and hence you never or rarely saw a bad game there. If you had a banging team, there would be extra banging there. If you had a speed team, it would fly through the small neutral zone and bring an afternoon of rush-trading.
(Of course, Mike Milbury used to cry about how boring it was when Roger Neilson would trap his Bruins). One time, Herb Brooks put speedy D Reijo Ruotsalainen on the wing with Rob McClanahan and Mark Pavelich, and boy did those Smurfs fly.
Enough reminiscing (one more thing, they’d have these huge cats running around the building after games, chasing football-sized rodents).
Your boys have lost just once in regulation in their last 11 (7-1-3) and so have 17 out of a possible 22 points in that stretch. Hope they can keep the lights on at the new Garden.
This will be your game thread because I’m going to a big basketball game (10-year-old nephew) this morning.