Boston Bruins goaltender Zane McIntyre will make his first NHL start Wednesday night as the B’s try to halt a three-game skid when they take on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
With starting goalie Tuukka Rask and backup Anton Khudobin both unavailable in Tuesday night’s 5-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden, the Bruins dressed AHL netminders Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre.
Subban started and gave up three goals on 16 Wild shots before being replaced by McIntyre in the second period. McIntyre was drafted six years ago by Boston, and his first start comes against a Rangers team that’s exceeding expectations through the first two weeks of the season.
New York is 4-2 with a plus-6 goal differential and a 3-1-0 mark on home ice. The Rangers also are excelling at both ends of the ice, ranking fourth in goals scored per game and eighth in goals against average.
This matchup with the Rangers is the first in a four-game road trip for the Bruins versus playoff teams from last season.
Here are the projected lineups for both teams.
BOSTON BRUINS (3-3-0)
Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–David Pastrnak
Matt Beleskey–David Krejci–Danton Heinen
Dominic Moore–Ryan Spooner–Jimmy Hayes
Tim Schaller–Riley Nash–Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara–Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug–Adam McQuaid
John-Michael Liles–Colin Miller
NEW YORK RANGERS (4-2-0)
Jimmy Vesey–Derek Stepan–Rick Nash
J.T. Miller–Mika Zibanejad–Mats Zuccarello
Michael Grabner–Kevin Hayes–Jesper Fast
Brandon Pirri–Oscar Lindberg–Josh Jooris
Ryan McDonagh–Nick Holden
Marc Staal–Kevin Klein
Brady Skjei–Dan Girardi
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