The New York Rangers will close out a two-game set against the Boston Bruins with a Sunday afternoon contest at Madison Square Garden.
Rangers: 7-8-3 (17 pts)
Bruins: 11-5-2 (24 pts)
NBC, 12:00 P.M.
The New York Rangers will face the Boston Bruins for the second time in three days following their 6-2 win on Friday night. The Blueshirts have won three of their last four games (3-1-0 record) and have earned at least one point in eight of their last 12 games (6-4-2 record).
The Rangers will be going with the same lineup that they used in Friday night’s win meaning Philip Chytil, Jacob Trouba, and Artemi Panarin will be out of the lineup. Chytil did participate in the team’s last practice, but the coaching staff was not prepared to put him back in the lineup.
Lafreniere – Zibanejad – Buchnevich
Kreider – Strome – Blackwell
Lemieux – Rooney – Brodzinski
Di Giuseppe – Howden – Gauthier
Lindgren – Fox
Miller – Smith
Johnson – Hájek
Georgiev Gets the Consecutive Start
Alexandar Georgiev will start in net Sunday and has helped the Rangers earn at least one point in each of his last four appearances (2-0-2 record over the four appearances) and in five of his seven appearances this season, and he has earned a win in each of his last two appearances. Georgiev’s four-game point streak is tied for his career-high. ( via NYR PR)
The Rangers have either outscored their opponent on special teams or have tied their opponent in special teams scoring in 13 of 18 games in 2020-21.
The Rangers were 1-for-4 (6:10) on Feb. 26 vs. Boston.
The Blueshirts have tallied a power-play goal in each of the last four games (5-for-19; 26.3%).
New York ranks second in the NHL in power-play opportunities per game in 2020-21 (3.94); the Rangers have had at least four power-play opportunities in each of the last four games and in five of the last six games.
The Rangers were 3-for-3 (6:00) on Feb. 26 vs. Boston.
The Blueshirts have not allowed a power-play goal in nine of their last 11 games (40-for-43; 93.0%), including three of the last four games (18-for-20; 90.0%).
The Rangers have killed off 43 of their opponents’ 47 power-play opportunities over the last 12 games (91.5%) and have held their opponents to only 56 shots on goal during their opponents’ 47 power-play opportunities over the span.
New York ranks eighth in the NHL in penalty kill efficiency this season (85.1%).
The Rangers are tied for fifth in the NHL in shorthanded goals in 2020-21 (two).
The Rangers rank third in the NHL in penalty kill efficiency at home in 2020-21 (90.0%; 36-for-40) and have killed off 25 of their opponents’ 26 power-play opportunities during their last eight home games (96.2%).
The Rangers will play their next game against the Buffalo Sabres at home on Tuesday and then will embark on an 11 day 6 game road trip playing the New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Boston Bruins.