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Game 5 preview: Rangers at Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  May 25, 2013 03:07 PM

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Good afternoon from TD Garden, where the Bruins will take their second swing at eliminating the Rangers from the playoffs.

The Bruins will play Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference Final if they get past the Rangers. Pittsburgh eliminated Ottawa last night, 6-2.

It’s possible that Dennis Seidenberg could make his series debut tonight. Seidenberg has not played in the first four games because of a lower-body injury. Seidenberg has been skating and practicing with the team. If Seidenberg can play, he could replace Dougie Hamilton alongside Zdeno Chara on the top pairing.

No lineup changes are expected for the Rangers.

Puck drop: 5:30 p.m.

TV/radio info: NBC Sports Network, 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Rangers 1-3, Bruins 3-1

Projected Rangers lineup:

Chris Kreider-Derick Brassard-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Mats Zuccarello
Micheal Haley-Kris Newbury-Derek Dorsett

Ryan McDonagh-Michael Del Zotto
John Moore-Dan Girardi
Roman Hamrlik-Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

Healthy scratches: Brad Richards, Arron Asham

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-Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson, Kaspars Daugavins, Carl Soderberg, Jay Pandolfo

Storylines: If Seidenberg can’t play, Hamilton will remain as Chara’s partner. Adam McQuaid should also see some shifts alongside Chara… The Rangers scored their first power-play goal of the series in Game 4. After the Bruins were called for too many men, Brian Boyle took advantage of some bad positioning to put a one-up shot past Tuukka Rask. The Bruins were caught sagging and watching the puck on the play… If necessary, Game 6 in New York will take place at 7 p.m…. Tom Kowal and Brad Watson will be the referees. Steve Barton and Pierre Racicot will be the linesmen.

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