Richards will play vs. Boston

Despite missing practice Friday with a stiff neck, Brad Richards will play in Saturday's showdown between the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins.

Richards suffered the injury during Thursday's 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh when Penguins forward Matt Cooke tripped him in what Richards felt was a slew-foot and "cheap play."

The 31-year-old center has seven goals and 19 assists for 26 points in 30 regular-season games against the Bruins, but has struggled of late; he has been held off the scoresheet for six straight games.

What does he need to get him going?

"To play," coach John Tortorella said before the game. "To not think and to just play."