Originally posted on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 1/21/12
The New York Rangers and Boston Bruins face off on Saturday afternoon for the first time this season, two freight trains running on the same Eastern Conference track. The plan was to do a "tale of the tape" for the top two teams in the East, but I scrapped it; what's the point of writing "even" or "Bruins" for nearly every category? There are a few advantages. The Bruins are the best offensive team in the NHL with a 3.51 goals-for average in 44 games. The Rangers are ninth at 2.72. The Bruins' scoring depth is, perhaps, the best in the League: 13 players with 15 points or more and seven that have over 30 points on the season. The Rangers have 10 over 15 points and four players with 30 or more. Defensively, these are the second and third best teams in the League, trailing behind Ken Hitchcock and the St. Louis Blues. The Bruins have a team GAA of 1.98; the Rangers with 1.99. Henrik Lundqvist has a 1.93 GAA and a .936 save percentage/ Tim Thomas has a 2.02 (gasp!) GAA and a .936 save...
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