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

Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Rangers
Series Tied 1-1

NBCSN, CBC, RDS – 7:30 pm/et
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Live from New York, it’s game three! Will fatigue be a factor tonight?

Leading Scorers:
Penguins: Evgeni Malkin (4G, 6A, 10P)
Rangers: Brad Richards (3G, 4A, 7P)

Likely Starting Goaltenders:
Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (5-3, 2.49 GAA, .914 Sv%)
Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist (5-4, 2.07 GAA, .926 Sv%)

Opposition Blog:The New York Rangers Blog

What They’re Saying:Fresh Bodies Needed

“Make no mistake about it, stealing one in Pittsburgh should absolutely be considered a victory for the Rangers. Anytime you can wrestle away home ice advantage you’ve done something right.

But even the most ardent Rangers apologist would admit after last night’s abomination that they’re concerned about the fatigue five games in eight days generates. And it obviously isn’t going to get any easier with Game 3 set to faceoff at 7:30 tonight, less than 24-hours after Game 2 ended.

While it’s convenient to blame Gary Bettman and his Ranger hating schedule makers, we wouldn’t be having this conversation if the Blueshirts would have just dispatched the Flyers in five or six games.

Unfortunately, they didn’t. So here we are. A day after the Rangers could only muster 22 shots on a goaltender who makes Chuck Knoblauch look like the poster boy for mental stability.”

It’s funny how Gary Bettman apparently hates every team.

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Marc-Andre Fleury.

Rangers Player(s) to Watch: Henrik Lundqvist. Back-to-back games for both goalies.

Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today’s Game: 

The Pens will need to Unbuckle the Baby in order to get a big road win tonight.


Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Daily Faceoff:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Lee Stempniak
Jussi Jokinen – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Beau Bennett – Brandon Sutter – Joe Vitale
Brian Gibbons – Marcel Goc – 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 – Martin St. Louis
Benoit Pouliot – Derick Brassard – Mats Zuccarello
Carl Hagelin – Brad Richards – Dan Carcillo
Brian Boyle – Dominic Moore – Derek Dorsett

Ryan McDonagh – Dan Girardi
Anton Stralman – Marc Staal
John Moore – Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist