Consol Playoffs 2014

Playoff Gameday: Round Two, Game Five – New York Rangers @ Pittsburgh Penguins

New York Rangers @ Pittsburgh Penguins
Penguins Lead Series 3-1

NBCSN, CBC, RDS – 7:00 pm/et
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA

It could be the final game of this series and, honestly, it looks like the New York Rangers might actually want this to be over. Brooks Orpik has a “new injury” and likely won’t play tonight.

There is some sad news as Martin St. Louis’ mother passed away recently. It’s completely understandable that he might not be in the line-up tonight. EDIT: He will play.

Leading Scorers:
Penguins: Evgeni Malkin (5G, 7A, 12P)
Rangers: Brad Richards (3G, 4A, 7P)

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Likely Starting Goaltenders:
Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (7-3, 2.20 GAA, .922 Sv%)
Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist (5-6, 2.27 GAA, .915 Sv%)

Opposition Blog:The New York Rangers Blog

What They’re Saying:The Comeback Starts Tonight

“I’ve had enough talk about fans booing Rick Nash. I’m done with phony Marc Staal head hunting controversies. And I’m definitely finished with trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with the Rangers power play. It’s time to focus on winning.

Sure it looks bleak. But it also looked just as daunting for Blackhawk fans down 3-1 against the Red Wings last year. And I’m assuming Kings fans weren’t exactly encouraged about their squad just a few weeks ago.

Those two fan bases undoubtedly felt their teams had no heart, no passion and were resigned to the fact that their opponent was just the superior team.

However, what makes sports so great is that it’s literally not over until the final whistle, horn or out.

What Happened in Game Four? [Our Recap]

“Don’t discredit what the Penguins are doing in this series by saying the Rangers suck. Because they don’t.

All that’s happening is that the Rangers are a one-dimensional team, and they’re a horrible matchup against the Pens like the Pens are a horrible matchup against the Flyers.”

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Evgeni Malkin. He’s been on a roll recently.

Rangers Player(s) to Watch: Rick Nash. Will he do anything to stop the Rangers from being eliminated?

Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today’s Game: 

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FINISH THEM.

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Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Daily Faceoff:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Evgeni Malkin
Jussi Jokinen – Brandon Sutter – James Neal
Beau Bennett – Marcel Goc – Lee Stempniak
Brian Gibbons – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams

Kris Letang – Paul Martin
Olli Maatta – Matt Niskanen
Rob Scuderi – Robert Bortuzzo

Marc-Andre Fleury

New York Rangers lines from Daily Faceoff:

Rick Nash – Derek Stepan – Chris Kreider
Carl Hagelin – Brad Richards – Martin St. Louis
Benoit Pouliot – Derick Brassard – Mats Zuccarello
Brian Boyle – Dominic Moore – Dan Carcillo

Ryan McDonagh – Dan Girardi
Anton Stralman – Marc Staal
Raphael Diaz – Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist

 

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