Neely expects physical series vs. Rangers

Bruins president Cam Neely was on 98.5 The Sports Hub on Tuesday afternoon to discuss his team’s dramatic comeback against the Maple Leafs in Game 7 and look ahead to the series against the New York Rangers, which begins Thursday.

Neely did not have any updates on a couple of injured defensemen -- Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference -- but did say he was glad to have some time off to let wounds heal. The Bruins play just two games from Tuesday to Sunday.

“Our hopes are that helps with some of the guys that are dinged up,” Neely said.

And here is his scouting report for Bruins-Rangers:

“Another heavy series, heavy in a sense where there is going to be a lot of body contact,” Neely said. “Tough to get pucks through. Those guys, they pride themselves in blocking a lot of pucks.

“They have a world-class goaltender that’s not easy to beat. We gotta get a lot of traffic there. We have to find a way to get in front of him and make it more difficult for him to see pucks.

“They’re going to come at us just like we’re going to go at them. They might not have quite the speed that Toronto has up front, but what they lack in speed they certainly bring a physical element to the game. And they’ve got some guys that can play well offensively. It was a tight series against Washington the last couple of games, so they are used to playing a tight series. We’re gonna have to be prepared to play a physical game.”