New York Rangers (31-24-3) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (40-15-2)
Root Sports, NHLN-US, MSG2, RDS – 7:00 pm/et
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
The top two teams in the "Seriously, that's the Name Division" meet tonight with the Olympics looming. [Rinko]
STATS, INFO & NOTES:
Penguins: Sidney Crosby (28G, 49A: 77P)
Rangers: Mats Zuccarello (15G, 27A: 42P)
Probable Starting Goaltenders:
Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (31-13-1, 2.22 GAA, .918 Sv%)
Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist (21-18-3, 2.43 GAA, .918 Sv%)
Penguins: Defeated Buffalo Sabres 5-1.
Rangers: Lost to Edmonton Oilers 2-1.
Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that Ryan Callahan's asking price of nearly $7 million per year for seven years has narrowed the field of potential suitors down to only those who want him as a rental.
Brooks adds that Sather appears determined not to let Callahan walk this summer without getting something in return, but has yet to receive an offer enticing enough to warrant dealing the captain before the Rangers’ final two games heading into the break.
What Happened Last Time: January 3, 2014 – Pens won 5-2. [Our Recap]
The Rangers are a dangerous reminder of what happens when you fire your coach but then keep all of the fired coach’s stiff players. Talk about a team without an identity; holy shit.
The Penguins took full advantage of the Rangers’ identity crisis and dominated yet another game at home. Their 11th straight home win. The formula worked yet again.
Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin, Jussi Jokinen, Olli Maatta, Brooks Orpik and Paul Martin. Is Sochi already on their minds?
Rangers Player(s) to Watch: Ryan Callahan, because he hasn't been traded yet.
Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game:
Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Daily Faceoff:
Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Brian Gibbons
Jussi Jokinen – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Tanner Glass – Brandon Sutter – Jayson Megna
Harry Zolnierczyk – Craig Adams – Derek Engelland
Brooks Orpik – Paul Martin
Rob Scuderi – Robert Bortuzzo
Olli Maatta - Matt Niskanen
New York Rangers lines from Daily Faceoff:
Chris Kreider – Derek Stepan – Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin – Brad Richards - Ryan Callahan
Benoit Pouliot – Derick Brassard - Mats Zuccarello
Brian Boyle – Dominic Moore – Daniel Carcillo
Ryan McDonagh – Dan Girardi