STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (13-6-2, 1.89 GAA, .936 Save %) vs. Lundqvist (8-10-0, 2.48 GAA, .918 Save %). Rask is 4-3-3 with a 1.99 GAA and .935 save % with one shutout in 10 career games against New York. Lundqvist is 21-8-2 with a 1.68 GAA and .942 save % with six shutouts in 31 career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS RANGERS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Rangers are meeting for the 633rd time tonight with the Bruins holding a 286-240-97-9 record and a 1,987-1,840 scoring advantage overall. The Bruins are 166-100-42-6 against the Rangers in their 314 games played in Boston, with the Black and Gold maintaining a 1,103-871 scoring edge in those contests. Boston has taken points in their last five games against New York with a 3-0-2 record.
STREAKING: Winger Reilly Smith enters tonight riding a four-game point streak with two goals and two assists during that span. Smith’s 17 points rank third on the team behind Milan Lucic and David Krejci, who have collected 18, while his 12 assists rank second.
HAMILTON STAYING POSITIVE: B’s blueliner Dougie Hamilton enters tonight with a plus-seven rating through 23 games played. Through 64 NHL games, Hamilton has been a plus or even player in 55 of those contests. All but three Bruins are even or higher in the plus/minus category, with Jarome Iginla and Dennis Seidenberg leading the way with a plus-10 rating through 25 games this season.
OVERTIME IN BOSTON: There have been six games this season in which the Bruins have played into overtime, with three of those games decided during the overtime frame and three decided in the shootout. All six of the overtime games have come in Boston, with the Bruins compiling a 3-0 in the extra session and 1-2 in the shootout.
SLICE THE ICE HOLIDAY SKATE AT TD GARDEN: The Boston Bruins will host their fourth annual “Slice the Ice” event to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation on Sunday, December 1. “Slice the Ice” will take place across four hour and a half sessions starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 2:00 p.m. At the event fans will have the opportunity to skate on the TD Garden ice and take pictures on the Bruins bench, at the Bruins goal, in the penalty box, and with the Zamboni® ice resurfacing machine. Fans will then be taken on a tour of the Boston Bruins locker room followed by a photo op with the 2011 Stanley Cup banner. Fans are encouraged to use this event to stage a unique and memorable family holiday photo.
180 AND COUNTING: Following last Saturday’s home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins,, the Bruins have sold out 180 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden. Their last non-sellout was on December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
RANGERS NOTEBOOK: The Rangers are in their fifth game of a five-game road stretch which began on November 21 against the Dallas Stars…Brad Richards and Derek Stepan lead the Rangers in point production with 17 apiece…Stepan is tied for fourth in the league in power play assists with nine…Forward Rick Nash is the only player in the NHL with an active streak of nine consecutive 20-goal seasons… Centerman Brian Boyle leads the Rangers in faceoff percentage winning draws at a 56.6 % rate (172/304).
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 12-for-65 (18.5%, 17th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 64-for-75 (85.3%, 7th NHL)… Rangers power play: 16-for-85 (18.8%, 14th NHL), Rangers penalty kill: 71-for-83 (85.5%, 4th NHL).
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