Penguins Game Day (Game 7: Rangers)
Tonight the Pittsburgh Penguins travel to the Big Apple for the second time this season to face off against Rick Nash and the New York Rangers. In their last meeting on on January 20th, the Penguins rolled over the Rangers to a 6-3 win. Since then the Penguins have not been very impressive going 1-3-0 in their last four games, most recently losing to the New York Islanders in one of the most embarrassing games of the season so far. The Rangers haven’t done much better this year, their record is identical to the Penguins and they have had a tough time putting together multiple wins in a row.
Game Time: 7:00pm est
What to Look For
The Rangers Captain Ryan Callahan is out 10-14 days with a shoulder injury, look for Nash to step in and play a leadership role in his absence.
Pens new Power play. Bylsma tweaked the Power play during Wednesdays practice, look for Malkin at the point with Neal and Kunitz playing down low. Is this the answer to the PP problems?
Lundqvist should get the nod in net tonight for the Rangers as he looks to avenge the assault the Pens put on him in their last meet. Henrik is one of the top tenders in the league who has a knack for bouncing back, I expect him to play a very solid game.
Vokoun gets the start for the Pens, he played well in last outing against the Rangers and should be able to continue his consistency.
Kunitz and entire line up is game time decision, but Kunitz is ill , still expected to play though.
Rangers Defense, the Rangers Defense has underachieved so far this season, look for them to tighten up on the Pens tonight and simplify their game.
Around The League
The Penguins claimed Zach Boychuk off of waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes. After today’s morning skate Bylsma stated he expects Boychuk getting time with Malkin and Neal on the second line.
The deadline for The Jamison Group to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes is today, and it is still unsure if a deal will be done in time to guarantee the lease agreement within the city. More to come on this.
The Chicago Blackhawks were finally defeated last night in a shootout against the Minnesota Wild 3-2, despite losing the Hawks still continue their point streak.
Toronto claimed Frazer McLaren off waivers