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Tale of the Tape: Rangers vs. Bruins


On Sunday, the Boston Bruins will take on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m ET, NBC) — here’s a look at recent history between the two clubs.

New York: 41-15-7, 1st in Atlantic Division. Leading scorer: Marian Gaborik (31G-26A-57PTS)

Boston: 38-21-3, 1st in Northeast Division. Leading scorer: Patrice Bergeron (19G-34A-53PTS)

New York leads the season series 2-0.

Jan. 12, 2012 — Rangers 3, Bruins 2 (OT). An otherwise exciting affair was marred by Andrew Ference getting a five-minute boarding major and game misconduct for this hit on Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh:

“It was one of the most dangerous hits I’ve seen in a while,” New York head coach Tortorella said. “Nothing needs to be said about what has to be done.”

The hit overshadowed Marian Gaborik snapping New York’s lengthy power-play drought with his overtime winner. The Rangers hadn’t scored a power-play goal in the seven games prior (a total of 15 opportunities) and had just one man-advantage goal since Christmas.

Feb. 14, 2012 — Rangers 3, Bruins 0. Henrik Lundqvist out-dueled Tim Thomas in the battle of All-Star netminders, turning aside 42 shots for his 42nd career shutout. Thomas, conversely, allowed three goals on 20 shots.

This was a statement victory for the Rangers as they claimed Eastern Conference dominance from the Bruins. With the win, New York opened up a nine point lead on Boston for top spot in the East, prompting Bruins coach Claude Julien to concede the Rangers were the team to beat.

“No doubt, right now they’re playing the best,” Julien said. “They’re playing like we did last year when we were playing well. Right now that’s the identity we’re looking for again.”

Rivalry Reborn?

New York Rangers forward Brian Boyle — a native of Hingham, Mass. — is a huge Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. Yet, as CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty found out, Boyle’s love of New England sports doesn’t extend to the Boston Bruins.

“I hate the Bruins. I hate them with a passion,” Boyle said prior to the Valentine’s day tilt against New York. “That’s how it’s supposed to be, I think, and that’s how it’s been for a while. Last year they won and congratulations to them, but it really made me upset. I was pretty angry about it.”

The B’s-Blueshirts rivalry has been quiet for a while — the two haven’t met in the postseason since 1973 — but it appears to have heated up again this season. After the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers both lost their captains (Sidney Crosby and Chris Pronger, respectively) many figured the road through the Eastern Conference would have to go through New York or Boston.

Sunday will go a long way in deciding which road it’ll be.

Play NBC Sports’ Hockey Day in America MVP Challenge


Over at the NHL on NBC Sports Facebook page, there’s a new pick’em game available for play — the Hockey Day in America MVP Challenge.

The game rules are as follows:

1) Use the Hockey Day in America Challenge Facebook App.

2) Pick who you think will win the following five games: Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo Sabres (NBC, 12:30 PM ET), San Jose Sharks at Detroit Red Wings (NBC, 12:30 PM ET), St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks (NBC, 12:30 PM ET), Boston Bruins at Minnesota Wild (NBC, 3:30 PM ET), New Jersey Devils at Montreal Canadiens (NBC Sports Network, 6:00 PM ET).

3) Choose the number of total goals you think will be scored in all five Hockey Day in America games.

4) Make sure to fill out your picks by Sunday, 12:00 PM ET.

The entrant that correctly predicts each winner and total number of goals scored will be named the MVP and featured on the NHL on NBC Sports Facebook page.

In case you need help making your picks, here are some from PHT’s Mike Halford and Jason Brough:

Pittsburgh at Buffalo

Halford: The Sabres were embarrassed 8-3 the last time they faced the Penguins, so there’s a revenge factor at play. There’s also the fatigue issue — Pittsburgh plays Philly on Saturday — so I’m going with Buffalo.

Brough: Don’t look now, but the Sabres are playing…not terrible. Buffalo wins in a squeaker.

San Jose at Detroit

Halford: I see no reason to pick against a team that’s won 21 straight at home. Detroit.

Brough: The Wings have been unbeatable at the Joe, but I’m going with the Sharks because there’s a small chance I could look like a genius and I’m used to looking dumb.

St. Louis at Chicago

Halford: These two have split the season series (1-1), but both games were at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. This one will be at the United Center, where the ‘Hawks are 19-6-4 this year. I’ll take Chicago.

Brough: Here’s my theory — the ‘Hawks will be so happy to get home after nine straight games away from the United Center that they’ll come out with a ton of positive energy. And if that doesn’t work, the Blues aren’t a great road team anyway. Chicago still wins.

Boston at Minnesota

Halford:The Wild were tops in the NHL on Dec. 10. Today, they’re in 21st. That has a lot to do with the fact they’ve gone 5-16-5 over the last 26 games. As such, I’m rolling with Boston.

Brough: How bad are the Wild? The Wild are so bad they lost at home to Columbus last week. Easy win for the B’s here.

New Jersey at Montreal

Halford: Have to like what Ilya Kovalchuk’s doing for the Devils right now. He’s ninth in league scoring (56 points) while playing almost 25 minutes a night, most among all NHL forwards. Riding the hot hand here, taking New Jersey.

Brough: This one’s a coin toss. So I’m going to toss a coin. And the coin has come up…Habs.

As for total goals scored, both Halford and Brough went with 25.

Hey, it’s a 3-2 league. Just ask Darryl Sutter.

Tale of the Tape: Blackhawks at Red Wings

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NBC is set to feature a great showdown on Saturday, as the Chicago Blackhawks are primed to face the Detroit Red Wings at 12:30 p.m. ET. Get ready for the game by reviewing “The Tale of the Tape.”

Chicago Blackhawks


Record: 26-13-5 with 57 points in 44 games played (16-5-4 at home; 10-8-1 on the road)

Rankings: First in the Central Division; second in the Western Conference

Streaks: 5-4-1 in last 10 games; two wins in a row

Power play: 29-for-157 (18.5 percent; 10th in NHL); one shorthanded goal allowed

Penalty kill: 109-for-138 (79 percent; 26th in NHL); six shorthanded goals scored

Top points scorer: Marian Hossa (46)

Top goal scorer: Jonathan Toews (22)

Ice time leader: Duncan Keith (26:26 minutes per game)

Goalie stats: Ray Emery: 10-3-2 in 16 GP; 2.67 GAA and .907 save percentage; Corey Crawford: 16-10-3 in 31 GP; 2.83 GAA and .903 save percentage

Notable Injuries: Daniel Carcillo (season-ending knee injury) and Patrick Sharp (upper-body injury, week-to-week)

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Detroit Red Wings


Record: 27-15-1 for 55 points (16-2-1 at home; 11-13-0 on the road)

Rankings: Third in the Central Division; fifth in the Western Conference

Streaks: 6-4-0 in last 10 games; one win in a row

Power play: 30-for-157 (19.1 percent; eighth in NHL); five shorthanded goals allowed

Penalty kill: 124-for-153 (81 percent; 23rd in NHL); one shorthanded goal scored

Top points scorer: Pavel Datsyuk (44)

Top goal scorer: Johan Franzen (17)

Ice time leader: Nicklas Lidstrom (23:43 minutes per game)

Goalie stats: Jimmy Howard: 25-10-1 in 36 GP; 2.04 GAA and .924 save percentage, four shutouts; Ty Conklin: 2-5-0 in 8 GP; 3.28 GAA and .888 save percentage, one shutout

Notable Injuries: Todd Bertuzzi (day-to-day with back injury)