Pre-game notes: Rangers vs. Bruins 2/14/2012

I know it’s Valentines Day today but forget your loved ones. It’s game day. Against a team that’s scary good. If you insist on celebrating, we all know who you should be showering with love. Send Lucic some flowers for being fabulous, or a teddy bear to Horty, or maybe an edible arrangement to Peter Chiarelli with a menacing note attached about signing Chris Kelly. You know, whatever you’re up for. I’m giving you all the gift of a lovely pre-game. You’re so welcome.

Like Claude Julien stated earlier, this game isn’t about catching up. The New York Rangers are seven points ahead in the Conference, so that’s not going to happen. The point of tonight’s game is to bring a full 60 minute effort, dominate puck possession, and overall play the kind of games the Bruins had been playing before this recent slump. Last time the Bruins played the Rangers, it was a battle all the way through until Gaborik scored in the final seconds. The B’s need to focus on just playing quality hockey, the kind of hockey they should be constantly playing.

I wish I could sit here and mock the Rangers but I have such a hockey crush on them its not even okay. They are playing some seriously amazing hockey. They’re coming into town on a 3 game winning streak and have some serious talent on their roster.

Players to watch

Dan Girardi- This guy is crazy good. He’s 4-15-19 in 54 games with a plus/minus of +15 and is on fire. He took a shot off the helmet during the Capitals game and got up smiling, returning to play immediately. He isn’t afraid to block shots and he’s a big body in front of the net. The Bruins are going to have to skate hard and get creative whenever he takes the ice.

Ryan Callahan-  The Rangers captain is currently on a bit of a hot streak after registering a hat trick against the Flyers on February 11th.  He’s 22-19-41 in 54 games and has extremely good chemistry with linemates Richards and Hagelin. I’d trade my soul for Ryan Callahan, seriously. Fun fact: in the games when Ryan Callahan scores, the Rangers are 16-0-3 this season. Awesome.

King Henrik Lundqvist- He’s called the King for a reason. Aside from the fact that he’s a Swedish god, his stats are out of control.  Lundqvist is first in save percentage with .939,  second in GAA with 1.81, and first in shutouts with 6.  He’s basically what stands between the Bruins and winning this game.

Just LOOK at him.

Projected Lines:








Timmy in net tonight I think. Battle of the goalies. One has perfect hair, the other has a perfect mustache.

Final Thoughts:

At this point, it’s fairly obvious that Krejci cannot survive without Horton and Lucic. With Horton out and the first line broken up, Krejci has fallen off the map. Lucic registered a very important goal during Nashville so no complaints there, but Krejci has become very inconsistent.  He needs to get his act together.

The Bruins have called up Andrew Bodnarchuk and Josh Hennessey from Providence. Very interesting choices. It’s good to see another defenseman get a chance to play at the NHL level. Josh Hennessey is having a very good season down in the AHL right now, so he’ll probably get some ice time during this upcoming road trip depending on how Caron performs.

Chris Kellys one year anniversary with the Bruins is tomorrow. Go out, run into something, and wear a cage in honor of him. He’s awesome.



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