PREVIEW & TIPS New York Rangers VS Boston Bruins
New York, New York, they’re going to New York. The Bruins in this case, who first face the Islanders there before they have to take on the Rangers on Friday night and Sunday evening. Big Apple Days, so to speak, for the leaders of the East Division.
With seven wins from their last ten games, they are also the hottest team in the division and, after the Oilers, the hottest in the entire NHL. The fact that they now have a back-to-back game against the Rangers certainly doesn’t make things easy.
New York Rangers News
The Rangers have to fight this season. In terms of play, they are definitely not where they want to be, even though they have some really good strikers in the squad in Panarin, Kreider and Buchnevich.
But there’s not much going on in New York after that. Mika Zibanejad is miles behind his form and first pick Alexis Lafreniere has not really found his way in the NHL yet. In contrast to the German third pick Tim Stutze, Lafreniere disappointed across the board.
As the fourth-best rookie, the German is already with ten points – Kirill Kaprizov as a five-round pick even at 15. The two meager points of the first pick seem very harmless, even though he gets an average of well over 14 minutes of playing time per game.
It would be wrong to tie the Rangers’ misery to one rookie alone, but they have rarely had a lucky hand with their picks in recent years. However, the Rangers currently also have the youngest team in the league on the ice. So there is still potential for development.
Boston Bruins News
The Bruins are one of the teams of the hour. With a win rate of 75.0%, only the Maple Leafs are currently doing a little better. Boston is one of the strongest teams defensively this season, as a look at the statistics proves.
With 2.25 goals conceded per game, they are only just behind the Golden Knights and the Lightning in 3rd place, in penalty killing with a success rate of 87.7% even in 2nd place.
A crucial point of these top statistics is certainly their goalie duo. Jaroslav Halak and Tuukka Rask are undoubtedly the best that the NHL currently has to offer. In any other team, both would be unquestionably placed.
For Friday and Sunday the Bruins are of course again the favorites, as they have also won the two previous season games against the Rangers. But a small problem could arise for the next game: It’s a back-to-back game.