by Patrick Hoffman on 02/14/12 at 02:00 PM ET
The New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, two of the NHL’s Original Six franchises, happen to be two of the top teams in both the Eastern Conference and NHL this season.
With that said, it is the Blueshirts that come into this game with the better record and position in the standings. The Rangers are seven points up on the second place Bruins going into tonight’s game.
The Blueshirts are coming off a weekend sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals. Combined, the Rangers outscored their opponents 8-4 this past weekend and hope to carry that offense tonight against a very good defensive hockey team.
The Rangers are being led by their captain, Ryan Callahan, right now. Callahan is coming off a 4-goal weekend and is now second on the team in scoring with 22 goals and 19 assists for 41 points.
Marian Gaborik also had a good weekend in picking up 4 points on 1 goal and 3 assists against the Flyers. Brad Richards also had a big weekend for the team with 4 assists.
Of course, one cannot talk about this past weekend without mentioning the play of their goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist continues to be the Vezina Trophy front runner this season as he is 26-11-4 with a 1.81 goals against average, a .939 save percentage and 6 shutouts.
It should be a dandy tonight in Beantown so be sure to tune in. Feel free to leave comments on this thread throughout the game.
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