NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, March 20th
(All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (27-30-11) at New York Rangers (38-19-10), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Rangers try to stretch their winning streak to
three games tonight when they welcome the Boston Bruins to Madison Square
The matchup will mark Boston defenseman Brian Leetch's first game against his
old team since the trade that sent him to Toronto before the 2004 trade
deadline. Leetch spent parts of 17 seasons with the Rangers to begin his
career, after being selected ninth overall in the 1986 draft.
New York enters the day's action atop the Atlantic Division with 86 points --
two ahead of second-place Philadelphia.
On Saturday, Jaromir Jagr became the NHL's first player to reach 100 points
this season, as he had a goal and three assists in a 5-2 victory over the
Toronto Maple Leafs.
Jagr hit the 100-point plateau for the fifth time in his career and the first
time since 2000-01, his final season in a Pittsburgh uniform. Jagr has 46
goals and 54 assists this season -- one point better than San Jose's Joe
Thornton in the Art Ross Trophy race.
New York's current winning streak comes on the heels of a six-game losing
The Rangers will host Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Boston, meanwhile, has won two straight games. On Saturday, Brad Boyes tallied
a hat trick, with his second goal snapping a 2-2 tie in the third, to lead the
Bruins past the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-2, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Tim Thomas, with a new three-year contract in hand, made 38 saves for the
Bruins, who lost six straight games before the current spurt.
The Bruins continue to be in desperation mode, as they are six points out of
the final playoff spot on the Eastern Conference.
Boston will host Atlanta on Tuesday.
The Rangers are 2-0 against the Bruins this season, and have taken five of the
last eight meetings overall.
03/20 10:25:49 ET