BOSTON — The Bruins host the New York Rangers tonight at the TD Garden in a match between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins are expected to have their usual lineup on the ice, although the starting goaltender won’t be confirmed until the team takes the ice for warm-ups some 30 minutes before game time.
While the Bruins probably won’t have any changes to their lineup, they still have a couple new faces on the roster. Defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk and forward Josh Hennessy were recalled from the Providence (AHL) farm club Monday. Both are expected to leave with the team for its upcoming six-game road trip after the Rangers game.
The Rangers might get Ruslan Fedotenko back in their lineup. He’s missed two games but skated this morning.
Defenseman Ryan McDonagh downplayed the fact that he’ll be facing the Bruins for the first time since the Andrew Ference hit that threw the Rangers youngster into the end wall at the TD Garden. McDonagh wasn’t seriously injured on the play and Ference was suspended for three games.
“It’s in the back of your mind, obviously. But I’m more worried about winning the game, that’s for sure,” said McDonagh.