Gameday 72 – Rangers

12:30 pm
CONSOL Energy Center
Thank you, NHL schedule, for following a four day layoff with a 12:30 home game and then a 7:30 road game the next day.
The Rangers previous two trips to Pittsburgh were disasters. The Pens are only one point ahead of Tampa Bay for fourth in the East. The real fun begins today. Buckle up.

Know your enemy: The New York Rangers Blog

As expected, Henrik Lundqvist will not participate in practice today. No one from the CT Whale has been called up for tomorrow's game in Pittsburgh. Lundvqist says he "feels better" today and "fortunately it's nothing serious…I will be fine."

Season series: Rangers Lead 3-2
Last meeting: February 13, 2011 – Rangers Won 5-3
What we said in our recap:

Pens got off to a great start, but then your girlfriend sucks. Thank God there isn't a game till Wednesday night. We are in the thick of the toughest part of the season.

Nope. NOW we are in the thick of the toughest part of the season.
Penguins notes: Niskanen should be back today. Asham might be back. still isn't ready.'re guessing Fleury will be in goal.
Rangers notes:
Henrik Lundqvist may be out today. Not sure what's worse for the Pens, Lundqvist or an unknown goaltender.
Chad Johnson (not THAT Chad Johnson) will play if Lundqvist can't.

Line production the last 10 games: Penguins | Rangers
Favorite Rangers-related Photoshop or gif:
Possible Penguins lines:

James Neal – Dustin Jeffrey – Alexei Kovalev
Chris Kunitz – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy
Matt Cooke – Max Talbot – Pascal Dupuis
Mike Rupp – Craig Adams – Chris Conner

Paul Martin – Zbynek Michalek
Matt Niskanen – Kris Letang
Ben Lovejoy – Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Rangers Lines from Empty Netters:

Brandon DubinskyArtem Anisimov – Ryan Callahan
Vinny Prospal – Erik Christensen – Marian Gaborik
Wojtek Wolski – Derek Stepan – Mats Zuccarello
Ruslan Fedotenko – Brian Boyle – Brandon Prust

Marc Staal – Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh – Mike Sauer
Bryan McCabe – Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist/Chad Johnson

"Hehe, Homer one. New York nothin'."
Do It.
Go Pens.