W2W4: Rangers vs. Bruins
March, 4, 2012
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com
At a glance: With a ten-point lead in the Eastern Conference standings, the injury-depleted Rangers host the 2nd place Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden for the first time this season. The Blueshirts own a 2-0 series edge against the defending Stanley Cup Champions, who enter Sunday’s match having dropped a 3-2 decision to the Islanders Saturday.
Got your number: In addition to taking the first two games in Beantown, the Rangers boast a four-game winning streak against the Bruins dating back to last season. New York has also won eight of the last ten meetings. 15 of the last 19 games have been decided by one goal.
That's three: Ryan Callahan will miss his third straight game with a bruised right foot. The 26-year-old captain, , skated briefly before practice Saturday but is still not fully recovered. Callahan had played all 60 games this season with the Rangers before taking Ilya Kovalchuk’s shot off his foot in the Rangers’ 2-0 win against the Devils Monday.
How about Hank: Henrik Lundqvist aims to record his 31st win of the season after surrendering the game-winner in the Rangers’ overtime loss to Tampa Bay Saturday. The 30-year-old netminder leads the league with a .939 save percentage and is second behind St. Louis’ Brian Elliott (1.63) with a 1.79 goals against average.
Del Zotto probable: Michael Del Zotto (hip) is probable for Sunday’s matinee against the Bruins. The 21-year-old defenseman will take pre-game warm-ups before deciding whether he can play. Del Zotto initially injured his right hip last weekend against Buffalo; he aggravated it Friday against Carolina and sat out the team’s 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay the following night. Fellow blue-linerDan Girardi, who appeared to suffer an arm injury Saturday, will play.
Up in the air: Ruslan Fedotenko’s status is questionable after taking a shot off the foot Saturday. The veteran winger may take pre-game warm-ups with the team.