Rangers and Bruins Square Off in Boston

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Rangers-Henrik Lundqvist: The reigning Vezina Trophy winner has spoken often in the early portion of the 2013 season how he has been searching for his game, and that he has not quite been 100 percent himself just yet. However with how he has played recently, Lundqvist may be putting those worries to rest. Lundqvist was exceptionally sharp in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Islanders, stopping 27 of 28 shots, including several highlight-reel worthy saves. Then he followed up that performance by stopping 19 of 20 shots in a 5-1 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday, a contest that head coach John Tortorella said could have had a far worse result if not for Lundqvist denying six odd-man rushed in the opening period. Lundqvist is again asserting himself as a difference maker, and after starting ten of the Rangers first 11 games, he seems to be hitting his stride, which can only mean great things for the Blueshirts. He has yet to win on the road this season, and he always loves the challenge of playing in Boston, so expect a strong performance from Lundqvist on Tuesday night. 

 

Bruins-Milan Lucic: The Bruins rugged power forward---who stands an imposing 6-foot-4 and weighs 220 pounds---has scored a disappointing three goals in the early going for the Bruins this season. But the Rangers had better be aware of Lucic because two of those three goals have come against New York---one in each of the first two games played between these Original Six rivals. Lucic also seems to coming on a bit offensively as he recorded two of his six points this season in the past two games, and he is once again imposing his physical will on games. When he is on his game Lucic can be a horse to contain, and even when not scoring he can create opportunities for others just be wearing down opposing forwards and defensemen. Look for Dan Girardi to see quite a bit of Lucic on Tuesday.