Boston snapped a three-game skid with a 4-3 overtime victory over Anaheim on Monday before winning 5-2 at Atlantic Division-leading Philadelphia on Thursday night. It won a season-high three in a row from Oct. 8-13.
The Bruins finished with a season-low 18 shots on goal against the Flyers, but scored three goals on just five shots in the second period and needed only 12 shots to get their first four scores.
“The shots are an indicator, but they’re not a complete indicator of play,” Boston coach Mike Sullivan said. “I thought the scoring chances we generated were some high-quality ones and we were able to capitalize on them.”
“Keep it simple and try to play it not like it’s any old game because let’s face it, it’s not any old game for me,” Thomas said. “It’s more important than that.”
Anderson appeared in 14 games for Chicago this season, going 2-8-0 with a 3.90 goals-against average.
The Rangers are looking to end their four-game road trip with consecutive victories after beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 on Thursday. New York began the trip with back-to-back 4-3 losses to Detroit and Columbus.
“All that’s important for me is that we win,” said Prucha, who began the season in the minors but has 30 points in 41 games for New York.
Rangers defenseman Darius Kasparaitis has missed two straight games with a mild knee sprain, but could return against the Bruins.
This is the second game between these teams this season, and former Ranger Brian Leetch will not have appeared in either contest. Leetch, who played 17 seasons with New York until he was traded late in the 2003-04 season to Toronto, sat out on Nov. 20 because of a strained right knee and is currently on injured reserve with a groin strain.