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11.17.10 at 2:14 am ET
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NEW YORK – Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers got the better of the Bruins back on Oct. 23 in Boston with a 3-2 win (a one-goal game between these teams? What else is new?), so the B’s will be seeking revenge when they play in New York on Wednesday. The Bruins are coming off a 3-0 victory over the Devils on Monday in which Tim Thomas picked up his fourth shutout of the season.

WHERE IT’S AT

Marian Gaborik and the Rangers have had reason to celebrate since his return from injury. (AP)

– The Bruins are an impressive 6-1-0 on the road this season, with their lone loss as the away team coming at the hands of the Capitals on Nov. 5. It was a contest in which they came back from a 3-0 deficit in the third period but fell, 5-3.

– The Bruins aren’t the only team that has struggled to dominate at home. The Rangers are 4-5-1 at Madison Square Garden, and have gone 2-2-0 in their last four home games.

NOTABLE NUMBERS

– Nine goaltenders have multiple shutouts this season, and two of them could play on Wednesday. Lundqvist has two shutouts in 13 starts this season, while Thomas (first off the ice at the B’s skate midday Wednesday) leads all netminders with four.

Nathan Horton has four points in his last three road games. His second-period tally against the Devils on Monday was the 150th of his career.

STORYLINES GOING IN

Claude Julien indicted on Monday night that Johnny Boychuk could be in the lineup on Wednesday. Boychuk has been out since Oct. 23, a game against the Rangers in which a slash from New York forward Brandon Dubinsky fractured his forearm.

Should Boychuk return, the biggest question is which defenseman will be a healthy scratch. Adam McQuaid has done very well with the opportunity given to him, and he could stick in the lineup as a result. It seems either McQuaid or Matt Hunwick will be the odd man out.

Marian Gaborik wasn’t in the Rangers lineup when they faced the Bruins at TD Garden last month, but he has since returned from a shoulder injury and has clearly made an impact. He’s had four points in his three games since coming back, with all of them coming on Sunday against the Oilers. In that game, Gaborik picked up a hat trick and an assist. He’s a plus-5 on the season.

– Julien will be coaching in his 500th career NHL game on Wednesday. It will be his 262nd game with the Bruins.

“Those things are so far away from my mind, that I don’t even know [when they come],” Julien told reporters with a laugh on Tuesday. ” … I don’t pay much attention to that. I’m just happy to be here.”

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