Game 5: Bruins-Rangers Preview; Seidenberg Hopes to Return

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Game 5: New York Rangers @ Boston Bruins (BOS leads series 3-1)

Game Time: 5:30 PM

Location: TD Garden

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

The Black-and-Gold will look to close out the Rangers tonight and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, as the Pittsburgh Penguins are currently awaiting an opponent. Boston fell victim to a couple of bad breaks Thursday night in their attempt to sweep the Rangers at MSG. Tonight they will look to make amends for their game 4 shortcomings in front of the hometown faithful.

New York has succeeded in finding some life, but they are still gasping for air. Boston is well aware and expects nothing but the best from John Tortorella’s team come puck drop. Boston has struggled in close out games; just take a look back at their opening round series against Toronto. Though the B’s understand that the past is the past.

David Krejci spoke about the Bruins current predicament saying, “You got to live in the moment and always get ready for the next game, no matter what happened.” Krejci went on to say, “I’m happy with where the team is. I know we’re going to be better tomorrow.”

Claude Julien touched on the mind set of the team, given the their 2010 second round collapse, saying “We’re living in the present; right now we’re getting ready to play a real good game.”

The TD Garden has been a safe haven for the Bruins in this series, winning both of the contests played on their home ice.

Expect Claude Julien to role out the same four lines as he has in the prior four games. Tyler Seguin notched his first goal of the playoffs on Thursday and all eyes will be on him, watching for a strong follow up showing. The Bruins will hope to get contributions from all four lines in order to emerge victorious.

Like it has all series now, Boston’s defensive corps will remain in question until game time. It seems likely that the invaluable Dennis Seidenberg could return to action Saturday. Seidenberg has been building together a string of strong practices and participated in yesterday’s optional skate. He said that he felt “comfortable” out on the ice with his teammates.

When asked about how bad he wanted to play Saturday, Seidenberg said, “Really bad. Nobody likes watching hockey games, especially around this time of year. Hopefully I get back in there soon and hopefully I can help.” Still, it remains to be seen as to whether he will play. Julien refused to shed any light on his thinking, and will likely once again wait until game time to release his lineup card.

If Seidenberg does return, Dougie Hamilton will likely be the one moving up to the ninth floor.

This game is crucial on all levels. A victory sends the Rangers home for the summer. A loss and the Bruins will be forced back to New York for a game 6 on Monday. Expect a focused, hardnosed, full sixty-minute effort from the B’s tonight. The talk of the town has been the 2010 collapse and the comparisons being drawn to this current series. Boston will be more than motivated to silence that senseless banter.

Boston’s expected lineup is as follows:

Lucic-Krejci-Horton

Marchand-Bergeron-Jagr

Peverley-Kelly-Seguin

Paille-Campell-Thornton

Chara-Hamilton/Seidenberg

Bartkowski-Boychuk

Krug-McQuaid

Rask

New York’s expected lineup is as follows:

Zuccarello-Brassard-Nash

Hagelin-Stepan-Callahan

Pyatt-Boyle-Dorsett

Haley-Kreider-Newbury

McDonagh-Giardi

Del Zotto-Eminger

Moore-Gilroy

Lundqvist

Frank O’Laughlin – Lead NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports

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