by Patrick Hoffman on 01/21/12 at 03:00 PM ET
When the NHL calendar came out, there probably were not many people thinking that the game between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers would mean much on Saturday, January 21.
As it turns out, these people are probably surprised that today’s tilt could end up being one of the best games to watch this season. Heading into the key match-up between the two Original Six franchises, both the Bruins and the Rangers are not only at the top of their respective divisions, but are also number one (Rangers) and two (Bruins) in the Eastern Conference heading into this afternoon’s game.
For much of the season, the Boston Bruins have been the story of the National Hockey League. After starting out the season with what appeared to be a “Stanley Cup hangover”.
However, once November hit, the Bruins started like playing the defending Stanley Cup champions that they were supposed to be. They did not lose a game in regulation and are currently 30-13-1 with 61 points.
The club has offensive depth, a strong defense and possibly the best goaltending tandem in the NHL. Hard to beat, right?
May be not if you are the Rangers, who have actually been struggling of late. The Rangers have been one of the most surprising teams in the league this year and have shown no signs of slowing down up until this point of the season.
Despite their recent struggles, The Blueshirts are currently first in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference with a 29-12-4 record. They boast offensive depth, a talented/young defensive corps and perhaps the best goaltender in the league in Henrik Lundqvist.
If you are a true hockey fan, you will be glued to your television, radio, Internet following this hockey game like I will be.
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