Pittsburgh Penguins (42-21-5) @ New York Rangers (44-18-7)
TV: ROOT, MSG, NBCSN, TSN2
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
The Pittsburgh Penguins' quest for the Atlantic Division title and the top spot in the Eastern Conference heads right through New York City. The Penguins have won nine-in-a-row, a streak that started with a 2-0 victory against the Rangers on February 21st. The Rangers are six points ahead of the Penguins, but they've played one more game.
Kris Letang, Paul Martin and Sidney Crosby return to play under the
bright dull lights in the big city. Crosby will play the point on the power play.
Lundqvist is out for the Rangers.
Oh Hell Yeah.
Season Series: 2-2-0
Last meeting that counted: February 21, 2012. Penguins won 2-0.
What we said in our recap:
If tears were gasoline, you could drive your car for unlimited miles with the Rangers' tears. In typical John Tortorella fashion, he tried to work the officials all night. He got calls and non-calls. But in the end he didn't get the win. The Pens played a playoff game that no question made a statement.
The big thing about this win is that the Pens finally beat the Rangers at home, and they have now beaten them twice in a row. The road to the Cup probably goes down Broadway this year. A Pens/Rangers series would be better than Jeremy Lin's whole life.
Know Your Enemy: The New York Rangers Blog
What they're saying:
…i have no problem with Rangers fans ripping Torts, but when someone outside our circle says something I pounce.
Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:
This is your last chance to vote for the "All-Time Favorite Playoff Goals" nominees.
New York Rangers Notes:
Henrik Lundqvist still has the flu.
Glen Sather doesn't know what Sean Avery is doing.
The Rangers don't care about Sidney Crosby.
Favorite Rangers-Related Image, Photoshop, Video or Gif:
Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Penguins.NHL.com:
Chris Kunitz – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Steve Sullivan – Jordan Staal – Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke – Sidney Crosby – Tyler Kennedy
Arron Asham – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams
Zbynek Michalek – Brooks Orpik
Paul Martin – Kris Letang
Matt Niskanen – Deryk Engelland
New York Rangers lines from Daily Faceoff:
Carl Hagelin – Brad Richards – Marian Gaborik
Artem Anisimov – Derek Stepan – Brandon Dubinsky
Ruslan Fedotenko – Brian Boyle – Brandon Prust
Michael Rupp – John Mitchell – Mats Zuccarello
Ryan McDonagh – Dan Girardi
Marc Staal – Stu Bickel
Steve Eminger – Anton Stralman
"Once the sun goes down, all the weirdos turn crazy… I'm on to you!"