New York Rangers (38-14-5) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (33-21-5)
TV: ROOT, MSG
CONSOL Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA
Game 60 already?
The Pittsburgh Penguins return home to face the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers. The Rangers are 7-2-1 in their last ten. Henrik Lundqvist leads the league in save percentage and shutouts.
Season Series: 1-2-0
Last meeting that counted: January 19, 2012. Penguins won 4-3.
What we said in our recap:
The Penguins played their best game in what seems like forever. Getting Kris Letang back, the Penguins used a total team effort to win in MSG. Any respect gained from 24/7 was wiped away quickly after realizing how douchey the Rangers are. Going into the game, the last time the Penguins won a game against a team not from the Southeast Division was December 20th. Last week at this time, you were looking into vacations around the second week of April. This week, you're back to talking yourself into this team making a run. NHL seasons. Nothing like them.
Know Your Enemy: The New York Rangers Blog
What they're saying:
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Ruslan Fedotenko will be a game time decision tonight. He adds that Wojtek Wolski skated during the morning practice while Stu Bickel was with the defense again. Steve Zipay at Newsday notes that Wolski spoke with John Tortorella which usually indicates a player being scratched. Meaning Fedotenko is likely back tonight.
Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:
Brooks Orpik is out tonight.
Brent Johnson is sick.
New York Rangers Notes:
Henrick Lundqvist will be in net.
Rangers fans don't want Rick Nash.
John Tortorella on the Rangers.
Favorite Rangers-Related Image, Photoshop, Video or Gif:
Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Empty Netters:
Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Steve Sullivan - Jordan Staal - Pascal Dupuis/Dustin Jeffrey
Matt Cooke - Joe Vitale - Arron Asham
Eric Tangradi - Craig Adams - Richard Park
Kris Letang - Zbynek Michalek
Paul Martin - Matt Niskanen
Ben Lovejoy - Deryk Engelland
New York Rangers lines from Empty Netters:
Carl Hagelin - Brad Richards - Ryan Callahan
Artem Anisimov - Derek Stepan - Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky - Brian Boyle - Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp - John Mitchell - Ruslan Fedotenko
Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto - Anton Stralman
Marc Staal - Steve Eminger
This is definitely a big game. Like Dan Bylsma said, the Pens pretty much need a victory today if they hope to lead the Atlantic Division.