Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 36: New York Rangers

Pittsburgh Penguins (24-10-1) @ New York Rangers (16-17-1)
NBCSN, TSN2 – 8:00 pm/et 
Madison Square Garden – New York City, NY

Tonight, Brian Gibbons, Harry Zolnierczyk, Zach Sill and the Pittsburgh Penguins enter the World's Most Famous Arena to play the Rangers. Live on NBCSN!


Leading Scorers:

Penguins: Sidney Crosby (19G, 28A: 47P)
Rangers: Brad Richards (9G, 16A: 25P)

Starting Goaltenders:

Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (19-8-1, 1.98 GAA, .925 Sv% )
Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist (10-14-1, 2.71 GAA, .909 Sv%)

Last Games:

Penguins: Defeated Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1.
Rangers: Defeated Calgary Flames 4-3 [SO].

Previews from Team Websites:  [Penguins] [Rangers

Line Combinations and Notes: [Live from MSG]

Opposition Blog: [The New York Rangers Blog]
What They're Saying: "New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins. The Smell of Revenge is in the Air"

…again, I get the idea of protecting a young player from a team like the Penguins, however, reports out of Pittsburgh are that they've been decimated by injury and suspension including Malkin, Neal and Letang. So they've been winning with a hard working style that has included some dirty play, which makes it even more baffling that AV would want to sit out McIlrath.

…i do feel better knowing there is still some toughness in the lineup with Dorsett, Asham and Falk, but none of them provide the physical presence that McIlrath does.

…i've been completely disappointed with Asham since his recall as he's been an absolute no show. Rangers are going to need him to provide a spark tonight to get into this game early.

What Happened Last Time: November 6, 2013 – Pens lost 5-1 [Our Recap]

Don’t overanalyze this shit. Every NHL team gets run out of the building like this every now and then. This is really the first time the Pens have been tea-bagged this season, so it’s the exception to the rule.

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: That guy…. you know the one…. no, not Crosby, the other one. I think his name is Frank or Jim or Patrick or something.

Rangers Player(s) to Watch: Arron Asham, because he'll probably do something dumb in an attempt to cause trouble.

Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game: