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The Bruins and the Rangers have not met in the playoffs for over 35 years. In 1973, the Rangers eliminated the Bruins, who had defeated them in the 1972 Stanley Cup Final.
However, this is an entirely different time, so it's time to consider which team who had a disappointing finish to their 2010 season will bounce back.
Milan Lucic is the Bruins' leading scorer with 28 points, while Patrice Bergeron is second with 27 points. In addition to being the team's leading scorer, Lucic has also scored the most goals with 16. The Bruins have four other players who currently have more than 20 points, including David Krejci, who has 15 assists.
On defense, Zdeno Chara leads all defensemen with 17 points on the year and has a plus-14 rating. Nathan Horton, who was acquired from the Florida Panthers in the offseason, and Andrew Ference lead the team in plus/minus rating with identical plus-15 ratings.
Tim Thomas, the 2009 Vezina winner, continues to lead the Bruins in goal. So far this year, he is sixth in the NHL with 18 wins and is first in save percentage (.944), goals-against-average (1.84) and shutouts (five). In the playoffs, he has a 10-8 record in 18 games and averages a .924 save percentage and 2.25 GAA.
Thomas is backed up by Tuukka Rask, who is 3-8-1 in 13 games this yeaer. In 13 playoff games, he is 7-6 with a .912 save percentage and 2.61 GAA.
The Rangers' leading scorer is Brandon Dubinsky, who has 36 points in 43 games. He is well on his way to his fourth consecutive 40-point season. Rookie Derek Stepan is second on the team with 24 points
Dan Girardi leads all Rangers defensemen in scoring with 20 points, and rookie Michael Sauer has the highest plus/minus rating with a plus-11.
Henrik Lundqvist has been the Rangers' franchise goalie since the 2005-2006 season. He currently has 18 wins, which is tied for sixth in the NHL. His .923 save percentage is ranked seventh, and his 2.33 GAA is ranked ninth.
Unfortunately, Lundqvist has not been strong in the playoffs. In 30 playoff games, he is 14-16 and averages a meager .894 save percentage and 3.01 GAA.
Martin Biron signed with the Rangers after playing last year with the New York Islanders. He played with the Flyers in the 2008 and 2009 postseasons, where he had a record of 11-12 with two shutouts and averaged a .911 save percentage with a 2.76 GAA.
Prediction: Bruins over Rangers. The Rangers' rookies, while solid, do not have the playoff experience, and Thomas is getting too good to fold once again.