In the nearly 10 months since the last meeting between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers, enough has changed to put an old Original Six rivalry in a whole new light.
The top spot in the Eastern Conference is on the line as these elite clubs open their season series with a Saturday matinee in Boston.
The Rangers and Bruins share a link to the NHL's earliest days - not to mention a New York-Boston dynamic that stirs passions in other sports - but they've both had more intense rivalries with several other teams recently. That's largely because they haven't met in the playoffs since 1973.
All of that could be about to change. Since they last squared off April 4, Boston (30-13-1) has won the Stanley Cup and New York (29-12-4) has blossomed into one of the East's best teams, currently leading the conference by one point over the Bruins.
"It's a great challenge," Rangers center Brad Richards told his team's official website. "We haven'...