Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Boston

2011-12 Season Game No. 79 at Madison Square Garden

Sunday, 04.01.2012 / 12:01 AM / News
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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Boston
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Tonight's Game
NYR VS. BOS
The Rangers face-off against the Boston Bruins tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank first in the league overall, with a record of 50-21-7 (107 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1, on Friday at Madison Square Garden for their 50th win of the season. New York extended its winning streak to four games, and the Rangers have won six of the last seven games. The Bruins enter the contest with a 46-28-4 (96 pts) record to rank second in the Eastern Conference, and have won six of the last eight games. Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, Apr. 3, at Wells Fargo Center (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup.

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Rangers vs. Bruins Pregame Notes

* Tonight is the fourth and final meeting this season, and the second at MSG. New York is 3-0-0 (1-0-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road) following a 4-3 win on Mar. 4 at MSG. The Rangers have out-scored the Bruins, 10-5, including a 4-1 advantage in the third period and overtime. The Blueshirts' power play is 2-for-5 (40.0 percent), while their penalty kill has held the Bruins scoreless in eight shorthanded situations. Marian Gaborik leads the team with three goals and four points against Boston, while Michael Del Zotto and Brad Richards have each tallied a team-high, three assists. Henrik Lundqvist is 3-0-0 with a 1.62 goals-against average, a .954 save percentage and one shutout against the Bruins.

* The Rangers enter the contest with a five-game winning streak against the Bruins, and have won nine of their last 11 meetings with Boston.

* Henrik Lundqvist has started in 23 consecutive games against Boston, dating back to Jan. 13, 2007.

* New York ranks fifth with a 27-10-2 (56 pts) record at home; Boston ranks fourth with a 23-15-1 (47 pts) mark on the road.

* The Rangers are 11-7-1 vs. the Northeast Division; the Bruins are 11-6-1 vs. the Atlantic Division.

* The Rangers list no former Bruins on their roster.

* Boston lists two former Rangers on its roster: Mike Mottau (2000-01 to 2001-02); Marc Savard (1997-98 to 1998-99).

All Time – Rangers vs. Bruins
Overall: 247-281-97-2
At MSG: 142-118-55-0
At Boston: 105-163-42-2

2011-12 Rangers vs. Boston
Jan. 21 Rangers 3, Bruins 2 (OT) at Boston
Feb. 14 Rangers 3, Bruins 0 at Boston
March 4 Rangers 4, Bruins 3 at MSG
April 1 Rangers vs. Bruins at MSG

Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
April 1 Rangers vs. Boston, 7 p.m.
April 3 Rangers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
April 5 Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
April 7 Rangers vs. Washington, 6:30 p.m.

Injuries

* Michael Sauer has missed 54 games due to a concussion, suffered on Dec. 5.

* Steve Eminger has missed eight games with an injury suffered on March 15.

* Mats Zuccarello has missed four games with an injury suffered on March 23.

* The Rangers have lost 225 total man-games to injuries or illness this season.