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Tuesday, November 19th (All times Eastern)

Boston Bruins (13-6-1) at New York Rangers (10-10-0), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Rangers have had plenty of regular-season success against Boston over the past few years, but were unable to overcome the Bruins in last season's playoffs.

The Rangers and Bruins meet for the first time since the postseason as they clash on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

In the regular season, the Rangers have won seven of their past nine versus the Bruins and 12 of the previous 15 encounters at MSG.

However, Boston eliminated New York in five games during the 2013 Eastern Conference semifinals, with four of those contests decided by two goals or fewer.

The Rangers are aiming to put a slow start behind them and are coming off just their third loss in 10 games. They were blanked 1-0 by the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, the fourth time this season they have been shut out.

Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves, the lone shot getting past him coming on a deflection off the skater of Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman. He took the tough-luck loss as New York went 0-for-5 on the power play.

"We had about 50 seconds of 5-on-3s out there and we didn't connect, so our execution might have been a little bit off," Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault said.

There is a chance the Rangers' offense could get a boost tonight in the form of Rick Nash, who has missed 17 straight games with a concussion suffered on Oct. 8. Nash has been skating with the team and could rejoin the lineup as early as tonight or on Thursday in Dallas to begin a five-game road trip.

Nash had 21 goals and 42 points in 44 games last season and notched three assists in three games this season before getting hurt.

Lundqvist should get the call in net and is an excellent 21-7-2 in 30 career meetings with the Bruins, posting a 1.67 goals against average and six shutouts.

The Bruins conclude a back-to-back set tonight after notching a 4-1 victory in Carolina on Monday. The win was Boston's fifth in six games and snapped a three-game road slide.

Tuukka Rask made 23 saves, while Reilly Smith and Carl Soderberg had a goal and an assist each in the first period. Johnny Boychuk and Milan Lucic scored in the third frame.

"I really liked our energy in the third period," said Boston head coach Claude Julien. "We hadn't done that in a long time and I really liked the effort they showed out there."

Loui Eriksson also had an assist, giving him two goals and five helpers over a six-game point streak.

Rask is 3-3-3 with a 2.09 GAA in nine lifetime meetings with the Rangers, while backup Chad Johnson has never faced them.

Johnson began his NHL career with New York, making six appearances and four starts combined in 2009-10 and 2010-11.

11/19 10:32:33 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
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NOR 0
DUR 0
 
Final
CHC 1
CIN 4
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PIT 0
MIL 0
 
1st
WAS 0
STL 0
 
1st
CLE 0
TOR 0
 
1st
DET 0
ANA 0
 
1st
NYM 0
ATL 0
 
1st
BOS 0
BAL 0
 
1st
TAM 0
NYY 0
 
1st
MIA 0
SEA 0
 
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TEX
CWS
8:10pm Tonight
KAN
MIN
8:40pm Tonight
COL
PHI
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
HOU
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
ARI
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
SFG
1st
TAM 0
MON 0
 
7:30pm Tonight
BOS
DET
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
1st
NOR 0
DUR 0