NEW YORK – Good morning from a refurbished Madison Square Garden, where the Bruins will square off against the Rangers this afternoon. MSG is fitting right in with the Botoxed faces on the Upper West Side. Very nice touchup work to the old barn.
Tuukka Rask is out today. Rask was injured in the second period of Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Islanders. Rask appeared to be favoring his left knee. He required crutches to leave TD Garden after the game. No word on the severity of Rask’s injury.
Michael Hutchinson will back up Tim Thomas.
Puck drop: 12:30 p.m.
TV/radio info: NBC (Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk, Pierre McGuire),98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Records: Bruins 33-22-3, Rangers 41-15-7
Projected Bruins lineup:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Tyler Seguin
Brian Rolston- Patrice Bergeron-Brad Marchand
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Jordan Caron
Lane MacDermid-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Greg Zanon-Adam McQuaid
Healthy scratches: Mike Mottau
Storylines: Daniel Paille is out with an undisclosed injury. Lane MacDermid will make his NHL debut. MacDermid clicked with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton during training camp… Andrew Ference (lower body) will not play… Mike Mottau was a Rangers draft pick… Hutchinson will wear No. 70… This will be the Bruins’ first look at John Scott in a Rangers uniform. Scott is one of the league’s toughest scrappers… Kelly Sutherland and Greg Kimmerly will be the referees. Derek Nansen and Jonny Murray will be the linesmen.