The Eastern leaders vs. the defending champs. Ya boys are 4-1 vs. the Bruins the last two seasons, including 1-0 this year (in Boston).
The Rangers have won three in a row, are 7-1-1 in their last nine. Boston is 2-3 in its last five, including a shootout win over Nashville Saturday and a 6-0 loss in Buffalo last Wednesday.
Ruslan Fedotenko will be a game-time decision. So Stu Bickel or Steve Eminger would be prucha’d. Don’t know if John Tortorella wants Bickel’s snarl in the lineup for this game. Henrik Lundqvist vs. Tim Thomas in goal.
We’ll be watching closely to see if there’s retribution for Andrew Ference’s attempted maiming of Ryan McDonagh.
We will have a live chat tomorrow at noon, and I’m sure the main topic, other than tonight’s game, will be Rick Nash.
I did some sniffing around and this thing is for real. The Rangers are very interested and have no problem with the idea of adding Nash’s cap hit. The problem will be what they have to give up to get him, whether he’d waive his no-movement clause to come here, and what other teams are going to be involved if this becomes a sweepstakes. But the Rangers will be in it.
IMO, if you have to give up a relatively significant player from the lineup, a significant prospect or two, and a No. 1 draft pick, you do it. That doesn’t affect the chemistry or the lineup much at all, Nash replacing the traded player, whomever that is. Nash could be a monster on this team.