BRUINS VS. RANGERS I 8 P.M. (NBCSN)
JIM DAVIS/GLOBE STAFF
NEW YORK — Brad Marchand will play tonight for the first time since elbowing the Devils’ Marcus Johansson on Jan. 23. The Bruins went 4-1-0 during Marchand’s five-game suspension.
“I’m not back with them tonight,” joked Marchand about returning to the first line with Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak.
Danton Heinen, Marchand’s fill-in on the No. 1 line, will return to the third unit with Riley Nash and David Backes. Tim Schaller will go back to the fourth line. Frank Vatrano will not play tonight because of a lower-body injury. Vatrano pulled up lame in the second period of last night’s win in Detroit and limped off favoring his left leg.
Kevan Miller (upper body) and Noel Acciari (lower body) remain out.
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk-David Krejci-Ryan Spooner
Danton Heinen-Riley Nash-David Backes
Tim Schaller-Sean Kuraly-Austin Czarnik
Zdeno Chara-Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug-Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk-Adam McQuaid
■ When, where: Wednesday, 8 p.m., at Madison Square Garden, New York.
■ TV, radio: NBCSN, WBZ-FM (98.5).
■ Goals: Michael Grabner 21, Mika Zibanejad 15, Rick Nash 15.
■ Assists: Mats Zuccarello 30, Ryan McDonagh 24, J.T. Miller 23.
■ Goaltending: Henrik Lundqvist (21-16-4, 2.70 GAA), Ondrej Pavelec (4-7-1, 2.98).
■ Head to head: This is the third and final meeting. The Rangers won both previous matchups, most recently a 3-2 overtime decision on Dec. 16 in Boston.
■ Miscellany: The Rangers are 1-6 over their last seven . . . Despite sitting just 3 points out of the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, the Rangers asked pending free agent Nash to submit his 18-team no-trade list ahead of the Feb. 26 deadline . . . Former Harvard star Jimmy Vesey is in concussion protocol following a hit from Nashville’s Filip Forsberg on Saturday.
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