It's been a winning formula the previous two games, so Rangers head coach John Tortorella reported Tuesday morning that he will not make any changes to the team's lineup this evening when the Rangers visit the Bruins at TD Garden in Boston.
That means for a third straight game, Boston native Brian Boyle will once again be a healthy scratch, while rookie J.T. Miller centers the third line, and the fourth line of Darrell Powe, Jeff Halpern, and Arron Asham remains untouched.
"It is what it is, I still believe Brian will be a big part of it, but i just don't know when I'll change the lineup (because) it depends on what goes on with the players each game," Tortorella said of Boyle following the morning skate.
"It's not up to me who goes in the lineup, it's up to (the players)," continued the head coach. "I like the way our guys played the last game, so I don't necessarily look at an urgency to get a guy in (the lineup). When Brian gets in I hope he never puts me in this position again. Again, I don't make the decisions regarding the lineup. (The players) do."
Miller has played three strong games since being recalled from the Connecticut Whale, and has scored twice in that span. He has effectively centered for Ryan Callahan and Chris Kreider the past two games. And the Rangers fourth line has seen increased ice time the past two contests due to its collectively smart, agrressive play, with Asham adding an exclamation point with his first goal of the season Sunday night against the Lightning.
Henrik Lundqvist will start his 11th game of the season between the pipes for the Rangers. After solid back-to-back outings against the Islanders and Lightning, Lundqvist has lowered his goals against average to 2.44 on the season, and raised his save percentage to .911.
The Rangers will need another solid group effort against a very deep and talented Bruins team tonight, one that owns the best start through ten games in franchise history at 8-1-1. Boston has won three in a row entering play this evening, allowing just two goals total in those victories, while the Rangers are seeking their first three-game winning streak of the season.
"We're a good team, too, so I don't view them as a measuring stick for us," Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi said after the optional morning skate Tuesday. "It should be a good physical game, and Boston is one of the top teams in the East. It's always a good, tight game against them."
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