(4) Bruins vs. (6) Rangers
Bruins Leading Postseason Scorer: David Krejci (right), 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists).
Rangers Leading Regular Season Scorer: Derick Brassard (below), 9 points (2 goals, 7 assists).
Bruins Expected Starting Goaltender: Tuukka Rask (4-3, 2.49 GAA, .923 SV%).
Rangers Expected Starting Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist, (4-3, 1.65 GAA, .947 SV%).
Bruins Injuries: Defenseman Wade Redden (undisclosed) is questionable. Defensemen Andrew Ference ("lower body") and Dennis Seidenberg (left leg) are doubtful. Center Marc Savard (concussion) is on injured reserve.
Rangers Injuries: Left winger Ryane Clowe ("upper body"), center Darroll Powe ("upper body") and defenseman Marc Staal (eye) are doubtful. Defensemen Michael Sauer (concussion) is on injured reserve.
Bruins with Stanley Cup bling: Patrice Bergeron, C; Johnny Boychuk, D; Gregory Campbell, C; Zdeno Chara, D; Andrew Ference, D; Nathan Horton, RW; Jaromir Jagr, RW; Chris Kelly, C; David Krejci, C; Milan Lucic, LW; Brad Marchand, C; Adam McQuaid, D; Daniel Paille, LW; Rich Peverly, C; Tuukka Rask, G; Marc Savard, C; Tyler Seguin, C; Dennis Seidenberg, D; Shawn Thornton, LW.
Rangers with Stanley Cup bling: Brad Richards, C.
Something worthwhile about the Bruins: The Bruins have recorded the most missed shots of any Eastern Conference team in the postseason with 114.
Something worthwhile about the Rangers: At 7.1 percent, the Rangers have the worst power-play percentage of any team still alive in the postseason.
Something useless about the Bruins that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The Rangers and Bruins last met in a postseason series when they faced one another in a 1973 quarterfinal. THe Rangers clinched the series with a 6-3 win in Game 5. The Bruins' goaltender of record was future Penguins general manager/coach Eddie Johnston who made 22 saves in the loss.
Something useless about the Rangers that is vaguely connected to the Penguins Pirates: The first home postseason shutout in Rangers history was recorded by Lorne Chabot in a 4-0 win in Game 1 of 1928 quarterfinal series against the NHL's Pittsburgh Pirates franchise.
Former Penguins on the Bruins: Andrew Ference, D; Jaromir Jagr, RW.
Former Penguins on the Rangers: Arron Asham, RW; Rick Kehoe, professional scout; Glen Sather, general manager.
Who needs to be the difference for the Bruins: Krejci, Brad Marchand, Jaromir Jagr, Patrice Bergeron, etc. The Bruins' offensive stars must find a way to penetrate the Rangers defense. If they can do that, they need to pray for a goal against Lundqvist who recorded shutouts in Games 6 and 7 in the quarterfinal round against the Rangers. The Bruins racked up some solid offensive numbers against the Maple Leafs. They'll have a much tougher time against the Rangers..
Who needs to be the difference for the Rangers: Lundqvist. Now and forever, Lundqvist is the most important player on this team. Yes, he has a very strong defense in front of him, but he was forced to shutdown a potent Capitals offense in the first round. Regardless of the opponent, Lundqvist must bring his best every night.
Best Bruins YouTube Video We Could Find: An overtime goal by former Bruins defenseman Brad Park in Game 7 of the 1983 Adams Division final against the Sabres:
Best Rangers YouTube Video We Could Find: Richard's goal which tied Game 5 of a 2012 Eastern Conference final series against the Capitals with 6.6 seconds remaining in regulation:
EN Prediction: The Bruins enter this series with a lot of injuries on the blue line. While some of the Rangers' offensive stars such as Rick Nash and Brad Richards are struggling, they will have an excellent chance to take advantage of Boston's weakened defense. Additionally, Lundqvist is simply a better goaltender than Rask. In a series which figures to be tight and defensive, we'll take the Vezina Trophy winner over the goaltender still trying to prove himself in a lot of ways. Rangers 4-3.
(Photos: Krejci-Jared Wickerham/Getty Images; Brassard-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)