Game 3: Bruins-Rangers Preview; Seidenberg and Redden Expected to Sit

Game 3 Preview: Boston Bruins @ New York Rangers (BOS leads series 2-0)

Game Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Madison Square Garden

TV/Radio: NBC Sports Network/98.5 The Sports Hub

With play shifting to New York, the Bruins will be looking to take commanding series lead when they take to the ice Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Boston is already up two-games-to-none and grabbing a third game will certainly dash the hopes of the Rangers. Only three teams in NHL history have climbed out of a 3-0 series deficit in 172 tries. That’s how important this game is to both sides.

Boston has found its offensive ways and in doing so, they have been getting timely production from all areas of the lineup. They seem to be playing a more determined game than the Rangers right now and it shows. New York is struggling to match the B’s intensity and tenacity.

Henrik Lundqvist is reportedly banged up and fighting a left shoulder injury. He has looked shaky through two games and the Bruins took it to him last time out, burying five goals. If he is indeed nicked up, tonight could prove to be a similar outcome for New York. The Bruins must come at him fast and furious in order to test him early.

Both Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden took part in this morning’s optional skate. As it stands right now, their likelihood of playing is slim to none. In addressing the media following the skate, Claude Julien said that he would be “surprised” if Seidenberg was ready to play. He also said Redden is still considered “day-to-day.”

Redden will give it a go in the pre-game skate. Seidenberg will not.

With that being said, no lineup changes are expected for the Bruins. Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski, and Torey Krug should all be along the back end. They have all been stellar and have succeeded in posing problems for the Rangers.

John Tortorella on the other hand might mix things up after coming away empty handed in two straight. His team seems to be lacking the drive that’s needed right now. Though no major moves are likely.

Tortorella did give Bruins winger Brad Marchand some praise. The Rangers coach said that he thought Marchand was “probably the best player in the series.”

The expected Bruins lineup is as follows:

Lucic-Krejci-Horton

Marchand-Bergeron-Jagr

Peverley-Kelly-Seguin

Paille-Campell-Thornton

Chara-Hamilton

Bartkowski-Boychuk

Krug-McQuaid

Rask

The expected Rangers lineup is as follows:

Zuccarello-Brassard-Nash

Hagelin-Stepan-Callahan

Pyatt-Boyle-Dorsett

Kreider-Richards-Asham

McDonagh-Giardi

Del Zotto-Stralman

Eminger-Moore

Lundqvist

Frank O’Laughlin – NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports

 

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