Most of the Bruins had little or no idea that the New York Rangers planned on sitting Brad Richards as a healthy scratch for Game 4 on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, and none knew that tough guy Arron Asham will also be watching from the MSG press box.

But none of the Bruins players much cared. They were much more concerned with the playoff task at hand, up by a commanding 3-0 lead in the second-round series.

“We haven’t accomplished anything yet. We haven’t done anything yet. We’re in a better position than we were in the game before, but that’s about it,” said Chris Kelly. “I wouldn’t know half of the [lineup] stuff unless you guys told me. They have capable players that are going to go out, and play hard. Obviously they’re going to make changes, but that’s their job.

“Our job is to focus on ourselves, and make sure that we’re ready at the drop of the puck. We need to be ready to play a new road game.”

It sounded pregame as if it would be Kris Newbury and Michael Haley entering in for the Blueshirts, and they would surely add a physical element to the proceedings.

Whether it’s a pair of Connecticut Whale regulars looking to make a difference, or Ryan Clowe finally healthy enough to draw back into the lineup for New York, new faces are going to present a challenge to the B’s in some fashion.