Pittsburgh Penguins (14-6-4) @ New York Rangers (12-5-3)
TV: ROOT, Versus, TSN2
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
The "World's Most Famous Arena" has been heavily renovated and it looks quite a bit different than the last time the Pittsburgh Penguins visited. The Rangers are 6-1-1 at home this year, so many the renovations are working.
This is the Penguins first game against the Rangers since Matt Cooke tried to take someone's head off.
Season Series: 0-0-0.
Last meeting that counted: March 20, 2011. Rangers won 5-2.
What we said in our recap:
What will get lost in the Cooke elbow shit is that this was a really good game at one point — very defensive, playoff-like tone. The Penguins owned the second period but could not beat King Henrik.
Something that has hurt the Penguins over the last two years is their inability to score a huge powerplay goal. Look back at the Cup run in '09. When the Penguins needed a huge powerplay goal, they got it.
That just isn't the case right now. They work their balls off to get the powerplay and then fail at it.
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Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:
As we mentioned earlier, Kris Letang & Zybnek Michalek are out.
Alex Picard & Robert Bortuzzo are in.
Matt Cooke doesn't try to kill people anymore.
New York Rangers Notes:
Marc Staal is skating.
Brandon Dubinsky is mad.
The Rangers possibly have interest in Bobby Ryan.
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