Gameday 7 – New York Rangers

Pittsburgh Penguins (3-3-0) @ New York Rangers (3-3-0)

ROOT, MSG, NHLN-US, RDS – 7:00 pm/et

Madison Square Garden – New York City, NY

Hey, remember the last time the Pens played the Rangers and we were all ridiculously excited about how great the Pens were? That feels like decades ago now.

It's also the 30 Rock series finale tonight so this game had better be good or else….

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Season Series: Pens lead 1-0-0

Last meeting that counted: January 20, 2013. Penguins won 6-3.

What we said in our recap:

Have to find a middle ground on how to feel after this weekend. Pens start 2-0, while their division rivals the Flyers and Rangers both start 0-2. It is way too early to start jerking off about a quick start.

Normally starting off 2-0 means little. But in a 48-game season, it means something.

Know Your Enemy: The New York Rangers Blog

What they're saying:

Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Matt Gilroy will make his 2013 season debut on the final defensive pair with Anton Stralman tonight vs. the Penguins. This move means that Stu Bickel will be moved up to play on the fourth line and Steve Eminger will again be a healthy scratch.

Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:

Kunitz missed practice with "an illness" but he should be in the lineup tonight.

Robert Bortuzzo will play his first game of the season.

Vokoun in net.

New York Rangers Notes:

Matt Gilroy will play tonight.

Ryan Callahan is injured.

"Should the New York Rangers look into Zach Boychuk?" Too late.

Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:

Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
Jeffrey – Malkin – Neal
Cooke – Sutter – Glass
Adams – Vitale – Kennedy

Orpik – Martin
Despres – Letang
Lovejoy/Engelland – Bortuzzo


New York Rangers Lines:

Nash – Richards – Gaborik
Hagelin – Stepan – Pyatt
Rupp – Boyle – Ferriero
Bickel – Halpern – Asham

McDonagh – Girardi
Staal – Del Zotto
Gilroy – Stralman


Lines via Daily Faceoff.

Do It.

Go Pens.