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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Thursday's Need To Know

The NHL continues the Original Six theme on Thursday night as Boston and the New York Rangers begin their series to determine one of the Eastern Conference finalists, while out west San Jose looks to earn a split in Los Angeles.

Sharks forward Torres meeting with NHL

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist celebrates after a shutout win over Milan Lucic and Boston in February. (Elise Amendola/Associated Press)

The NHL continues the Original Six theme started last night with Detroit and Chicago, as Boston and the New York Rangers begin their series Thursday night to determine one of the Eastern Conference finalists. Meanwhile, out west, San Jose might be forced by the NHL to make a lineup change ahead of their attempt to earn a split in Los Angeles in Game 2.

Here's a list of things you need to know, to be updated throughout the day:

  • The Rangers and Bruins prepare for Game 1 of their Eastern semifinal series. The Original Six clubs met three times in the playoffs in the first four years of the 1970s, but not since. The biggest name with connections to both teams is Boston's Jaromir Jagr, who was named MVP by the players in 2006 after racking up 123 points with the Rangers.
  • Henrik Lundqvist enters the series with a 120-minute shutout streak. He has positively driven the Bruins batty in his career, heading into this season with a 19-6-2 record against Boston with six shutouts, a 1.53 goals-against average and .947 save percentage. He said Wednesday that rebound control is key against the Bruins.
  • Brad Marchand left the morning skate wincing in pain, but Claude Julien told reporters he expected the forward to play. The Bruins could be without defencemen Wade ReddenAndrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg.
  • Raffi Torres will likely find out Thursday afternoon if he's playing in Game 2 for San Jose after a hit in the series opener that took out former teammate Jarret Stoll of the Kings. He's meeting with the NHL at noon.
  • The Sharks are stunned the NHL is even considering a suspension, but they'd better worry more about trying to solve a Los Angeles club that has won 11 straight at Staples Center.