Boston Bruins at New York Rangers: Live stream, start time, TV, how to watch Original Six NHL rivalry

If the Bruins finish as the first wild card in the Eastern Conference and the Rangers win the Metropolitan Division, that would make this a sneak peek at the first-round playoff matchup.

The Bruins and Capitals are currently tied with 78 points for the first wild card and the Rangers and Hurricanes are tied for first in the Metropolitan with 108 so that scenario looms very likely.

If you’re looking for the game on NESN you’re not going to find it. A late season Boston vs. New York rivalry game will be on national TV as the game will air on ABC as well as the ESPN + streaming service.

How to watch the Bruins vs. Rangers

What time does the game start? Where can I watch it on TV? – Saturday’s game will start at 3 pm ET. and is on ABC, and ESPN +, which can be accessed via the ESPN app on smart TVs and streaming devices.

Live stream options: – ESPN +. That is a separate service from normal ESPN and requires a separate subscription starting at $ 5.99 per month. Fans can sign up for ESPN + here.

More coverage via the Associated Press

New York Rangers (51-21-6, second in the Metropolitan) vs. Boston Bruins (47-25-5, fourth in the Atlantic)

Boston; Saturday, 3 pm EDT

BOTTOM LINE: New York visits the Boston Bruins after Andrew Copp scored three goals in the Rangers’ 6-3 win over the Islanders.

The Bruins are 27-16-2 against Eastern Conference opponents. Boston is 31st in the league with 36.2 shots per game and is averaging 3.0 goals.

The Rangers are 34-10-2 in Eastern Conference play. New York has scored 240 goals and is eighth in the Eastern Conference averaging 3.1 goals per game. Chris Kreider leads the team with 51.

In their last matchup on Feb. 15, New York won 2-1.

TOP PERFORMERS: David Pastrnak leads the Bruins with 38 goals, adding 33 assists and totaling 71 points. Charlie McAvoy has seven assists over the last 10 games for Boston.

Kreider leads the Rangers with 51 goals and has 74 points. Copp has six goals and five assists over the last 10 games for New York.

LAST 10 GAMES: Bruins: 5-5-0, averaging 2.4 goals, 4.1 assists, 4.4 penalties and 10.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.5 goals per game with a .909 save percentage.

Rangers: 7-2-1, averaging 3.3 goals, 6.1 assists, 2.7 penalties and 6.5 penalty minutes while allowing 1.4 goals per game with a .944 save percentage.

INJURIES: Bruins: Hampus Lindholm: out (lower body), Jesper Froden: out (undisclosed), Linus Ullmark: out (undisclosed), David Pastrnak: out (undisclosed).

Rangers: Kaapo Kakko: out (lower-body), Tyler Motte: out (upper body), Andrew Copp: day to day (lower body).

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