WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The Bruins take a 2-0-0 record on the road Wednesday night to face the 0-2-0 Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
While the Bruins had their way with the Rangers in a 3-1 season-opening win on Saturday night they are expecting nothing less than the Rangers’ best effort Wednesday.
“It’s always tough against them,” Bruins center David Krejci said at practice Tuesday. “We know how they play and they know how we play. It’s always a tight game with them and they haven’t won yet so I’m sure they’ll be hungry to win and change things around on their start. They want to bounce back for sure and we need to not let it be against us. A lot of people picked them for the Stanley Cup and I’m sure this start doesn’t feel good for them.”
The Bruins also know that Madison Square Garden is one of the toughest barns to go into and leave with a win. They’re 2-2-0 there in the last two seasons with three of the four games decided by one goal.
“It’s not an easy building to play in,” coach Claude Julien said of MSG. “I think we’ve had our fair share of tough games in that building before. We don’t anticipate it being any better. But nonetheless, this is an opportunity to go into the building and play the best New York team we’ve played so far, with them being extremely desperate. It’ll be a real tough test tomorrow and we’ll be up for it.”
One thing the Bruins will need to be ready for is the suffocating pressure the Rangers can put on opposing forwards, especially in front of the net and in the corners. That can make things very difficult for playmakers such as Krejci.
“There’s not a lot of room to move out there so we need to be ready to play physical and create our own space,” Krejci said. “They don’t allow many chances, so you need to make the chances happen.”