Friday, January 8, 2010

Peepin' Foes: Boston Bruins

Hopefully the Rangers don't wake up with a hangover on Saturday after a wild Friday night as they face off against the Bruins in Bahston at 1 p.m. Hopefully I don't either, but I'm not playing and I'm not making any guarantees.

Where We Are: The Rangers are flying. It is hard to comprehend just how good they've been when you think about how bad they were a month ago but a 7-1-3 streak has vaulted them up the standings and has brought smiles back to players and fans alike.

Where They Are: The Bruins are none too happy. After getting beat by the Blueshirts on Monday, they beat Ottawa Tuesday but were embarrassed on their own ice by Chicago on Thursday. After building a 2-0 lead, they gave up five straight goals to fall to the Hawks. What a bummer.

Who To Watch For: Big ole' Blake Wheeler has seven points in his last three games. Miro Satan made his debut as a Bruin against Chicago and scored one of those two goals. Milan Lucic returned from injury to skate 16:31 penalty-free minutes. Marc Savard left with a knee injury and is getting a MRI today so keep an eye out for his status. And Chara ... well, you can't really miss him. See if Claude Julien sets Chara up on the point on the Boston power play or down low to screen Hank - he played up high on Monday so maybe he will creep down to cause havoc.

What To Watch For: See if Hank's big day off hurts him at all. If Avery can keep the fires stoked. If the Rangers can find the back of the net more than they did in Atlanta. Which goalie starts for Boston as Rask was good on Monday but lost, while Thomas gave up four of the five Chicago goals.

What We'll (Hopefully) See: A stellar effort from Hobey Gilroy on the Beanpot ice. Gabby to get back to scoring some goals. Erik Christensen to keep contributing. Chris Drury to keep blocking shots. Brandon Dubinsky not to fight and get his ass kicked by Lucic. More Enver Lisin. Less Donald Brashear. Avery to hit Thomas upside the head again.

Also Check Out: Hub Hockey, Stanley Cup of Chowder, Cornelius Hardenbergh and the Hockey Blog Adventure and the Boston Globe's Bruins Blog.

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