NEW YORK – Good morning from Madison Square Garden, where the Bruins will look to sweep the Rangers tonight. Game 5 is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at TD Garden, but the Bruins have no intentions of making that date.
Dennis Seidenberg said after yesterday’s practice that he’s close to being ready to play. But given the 3-0 series lead and the play of the defense, it’s unlikely the Bruins change the lineup tonight.
On the other side, Anton Stralman didn’t practice yesterday. The second-pairing defenseman might be out tonight. If so, former Boston University captain Matt Gilroy could make his series debut.
Puck drop: 7 p.m.
TV/radio info: NBC Sports Network, 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Records: Bruins 3-0, Rangers 0-3
Projected Rangers lineup:
Mats Zuccarello-Derick Brassard-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Derek Dorsett
Chris Kreider-Brad Richards-Arron Asham
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Steve Eminger
John Moore-Matt Gilroy
Healthy scratches: Micheal Haley, Roman Hamrlik
Projected Bruins lineup:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Kaspars Daugavins, Carl Soderberg, Jay Pandolfo
Storylines: If the Bruins win tonight, they will cede their 2013 first-round pick to Dallas. It was a condition of the Jaromir Jagr trade. The second-round pick becomes a first-rounder if the Bruins qualify for the Eastern Conference Final… Sure looks like a Boston-Pittsburgh matchup in the next round. The Penguins lead the Senators in the series, 3-1. Pittsburgh scored a 7-3 win last night. Game 5 is tomorrow in Pittsburgh… Johnny Boychuk brings a two-game goal-scoring streak into tonight. Torey Krug had his two-game goal-scoring streak snapped on Tuesday… The Rangers haven’t scored a power-play goal in the series. They are 2 for 38 in the playoffs… Stephen Walkom and Eric Furlatt will be the referees. Brian Murphy and Scott Cherrey will be the linesmen.