Originally posted on Red Light District Hockey  |  Last updated 2/14/12
The Morning After:
Yesterday’s results:
Sharks 5, Capitals 3
Hurricanes 5, Canadiens 3
Canucks 2, Coyotes 1 (SO)

RLD 3 stars of the night:
1. Joe Pavelski, SJ (2 goals, 2 assists)
2. Eric Staal, CAR (2 goals, 1 assist)
3. David Booth, VAN (1 goal, shootout goal)
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Tonight’s slate:
Rangers @ Bruins, 7:00 ET
Devils @ Sabres, 7:00
Blues @ Blue Jackets, 7:00
Senators @ Lightning, 7:00
Stars @ Red Wings, 7:30
Ducks @ Wild, 7:30
Blackhawks @ Predators, 8:00
Islanders @ Jets, 8:30
Maple Leafs @ Flames, 9:00

Game of the night:
New York Rangers @ Boston Bruins
7:00 ET… TV: Local Networks

Records:
Overall: Rangers (36-13-5) … Bruins (34-17-2)
Away/Home: Rangers (18-7-3) … Bruins (18-9-2)
Last 10: Rangers (7-2-1) … Bruins (5-4-1)
Season Series: 1-0 Rangers

Starting goaltenders:
NYR- Henrik Lundqvist (2011-12 stats: 26-11-4, 1.81 GAA)
BOS- Tim Thomas (2011-12 stats: 23-10-0, 2.18 GAA)

Injury report:
NYR- Ruslan Fedotenko (head, out), Michael Sauer (concussion, out)
BOS- Nathan Horton (concussion, out)

Three things to watch:
1. Beasts of the East
The Blueshirts and Bruins sit atop the East and have shown most of the year that they are the top teams to beat in the conference. This is the second of four head-to-head meetings this season, not counting a possible series deep in the playoffs. John Tortorella’s gang just keeps winning, while Claude Julien’s club has been inconsistent after their dominant two-month stretch.
2. King Henrik
Henrik Lundqvist has just been sensational this year. Is he carrying the Rangers to their best regular season ever? Is he the Vezina front-runner? Is he a Hart candidate? Yes, yes and yes. ‘King Henrik’ has meant everything to the Rangers this season, as he has posted a 1.81 goals-against average and .939 save percentage – both on pace to become new career-highs. Additionally, he is 17-5-2 in his career against Boston.
3. Special teams battle
Boston’s power play has struggled of late, while the Rangers’ man advantage has struggled all year. Contrarily, both teams’ penalty kills are pretty solid. Given how good both are while skating at even strength, it’ll be interesting to see if either the Rangers or B’s can gain an advantage in special teams.

Final thought: Whenever these two meet up, it’s a close battle. Expect nothing to change tonight. I have a hunch the Bruins will win, but the Rangers are playing better. Flip a coin. Prediction: Bruins 2, Rangers 1 (OT)

The rest of today’s predictions:
Sabres over Devils
Blues over Blue Jackets
Senators over Lightning
Red Wings over Stars
Wild over Ducks
Blackhawks over Predators
Jets over Islanders
Flames over Maple Leafs
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Five must-read links:
- Puck Daddy: Report: Rick Nash on the trading block; are the Rangers ready to pounce?
- Globe and Mail: Maple Leafs looking out for No. 1
- CSN Chicago: Bowman: Q 'absolutely' the guy moving forward
- SB Nation: Will Zach Parise Be The Next Brad Richards ... Or The Next Ilya Kovalchuk?
- Smashville 24/7: Trotz: Preds have to become a desperate team
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