3:10 pm
April 23

Rangers @ Bruins

Who will WIN this matchup?

New York Rangers (51-21-6)

@ Boston Bruins (47-25-5)


Starting Goalies:

Igor Shesterkin (NYR): Confirmed

Jeremy Swayman (BOS): Unconfirmed


Current odds:

New York Rangers: (+114)

Boston Bruins: (-135)


The Boston Bruins will look to avoid a season series sweep when they host the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon. Boston (47-25-5, 99 points) enters the third and final regular-season meeting with its Original Six rivals having lost four of six following Thursday’s 4-0 setback in Pittsburgh.

The Bruins were shut out for the first time in franchise history when taking at least 50 shots on goal. New Hampshire native Casey DeSmith made a career-high 52 stops en route to his third shutout of the season for Pittsburgh. Jeremy Swayman made 28 saves before falling for just the seventh time in his last 21 decisions (14-6-1). But, Jason Zucker’s goal felt like a backbreaker after the Bruins had registered the first 10 shots of the second period.

Brad Marchand had a game-high eight shots on goal for Boston.

The Bruins had previously won back-to-back games. They defeated the Penguins, 2-1, last Saturday before leaving St. Louis with a 3-2 triumph on Tuesday, thanks to defenseman Charlie McAvoy’s overtime goal.

Though Thursday marked its first time being shut out since Feb. 10 against Carolina, Boston hasn’t scored more than three goals in any of its last nine games. That coincides with an 0-for-29 drought on the power play.

The Rangers (51-21-6, 108 points) enter their second visit to Boston on the strength of a four-game winning streak. The first three wins came in shutout fashion before that streak ended during Thursday’s 6-3 victory at the New York Islanders. That win officially gave the Rangers home-ice advantage to start the playoffs.

Andrew Copp, who was acquired from Winnipeg last month, scored a first-period natural hat trick before exiting late in the third with a lower-body injury.

Artemi Panarin logged his 20th multi-assist game this season and extended his point streak to four games after setting up four goals. Former Harvard defenseman Adam Fox dished out three in his 200th NHL game.

Chris Kreider scored his 51st goal and league-leading 26th on the power play.

StreakSmarter Pick
Boston Bruins