Boston Bruins @ New York Rangers Lines Preview

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Boston Bruins (35-5-4, 74 pts) vs. New York Rangers (25-13-7, 57 pts)

TIME: 7:00 PM ET

Television: NESN, MSG Network

Radio: 98.5 The Sports Center

Boston Bruins notes

-The Boston Bruins are back on a winning streak. The Bruins have now won three straight games after suffering their first regular home loss last Thursday, losing 3-0 to the Seattle Kraken. They beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Saturday night and beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-0 on Monday afternoon before beating the Islanders 4-1 on Wednesday night at the UBS Arena.

–Linus Ullmark has his 100th birthdayth A career win while stopping 26 of 27 shots against the Islanders and credited his teammates for staying the course through a breakout All-Star season.

“We have a lot of guys in this team who have been in this league for a long time and know that you can’t be satisfied,” said Ullmark. “There are such small details that can make something crumble. [Brad Marchand] is one of those guys and he’s always honest with me when he feels like I’m taking a day off. He’s right up there with me [expletive] and tell me to go.”

-Patrice Bergeron was briefly forced out of the game on Wednesday night after intercepting a deflected David Pastrnak blast right off the nose. The 37-year-old center returned from the ice after a short time and ended the game. Boston Bruins coach Jim Montgomery said it was up to Bergeron whether he played or not and hoped the X-rays would come clean after the win.

– Expect Jeremy Swayman to get the starting shot in the second game of back-to-back contests in New York while delivering a 29-save shutout in Monday afternoon’s 6-0 win over the Flyers at TD Garden.

Notes from the New York Rangers

*Rangers have won seven of their last nine games at Madison Square Garden and three of their last four games overall, including a 3-1 win over the Blue Jackets on Monday night in which Barclay Goodrow and Kaapo Kakko scored multiple points, and Jaroslav Halak has earned the ‘W’.

*The New York Rangers’ defensive corps has really slacked off lately as Adam Fox leads all Rangers players with 10 points in eight games in January and K’Andre Miller is second with three goals and nine points with the Blueshirts in eight games.

* With Jaroslav Halak the starter in Rangers’ win on Monday night, Igor Shesterkin is expected to be in the net for Rangers against the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

Lineup of the Boston Bruins:

Forward

Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron Craig Smith

Pavel Zacha-David Krejci-David Pastrnak

Taylor Hall-Charlie Coyle-Trent Frederic

Nick Foligno-Joona Koppanen-AJ Greer

Defense:

Matt Grzelcyk-Charlie McAvoy

Hampus Lindholm-Brandon Carlo

Derek Forbort-Connor Clifton

Goalkeeper:

Jeremy Swayman

Linus Ullmark

Lineup of the New York Rangers:

Forward

Alexis Lafreniere Mika Zibanejad Kaapo Kakko

Artemi Panarin-Vincent Trocheck-Jimmy Vesey

Vitali Kravstov-Filip Chytil-Barclay Goodrow

Sammy Blais Jake Leschyschyn Johnny Brodzinski

defense

Ryan Lindgren Adam Fox

K’Andre Miller-Jacob Trouba

Ben Harpur-Braden Schneider

goalkeeper

Igor Shesterkin

Yaroslav Halak

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