Gameday 81 – Rangers

 New York Rangers (51-22-7) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (49-25-6)

7:00 pm/et


CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA

Game 81. We're almost done people.

The Penguins can wrap up fourth in the East with a win tonight, making Saturday's game against the Flyers much less important. The Rangers are basically playing for nothing at this point.

James Neal, Matt Niskanen and Steve Sullivan are all out tonight. They'll likely all miss the Flyers game as well.

Season Series: 3-2-0

Last meeting that counted: March 15, 2012. Penguins won 5-2.

What we said in our recap:

If the legendary Bob Cole was calling this game, he would have said something like, "There is diarrhea in the BIG APPLE TONIGHT!"

If you knew us personally in real life, you would never take any nugget of advice that we had to offer. With Crosby's return last night, everyone and their mother are picking the Penguins to make it to the Finals, to win the Cup, to do whatever. And it's nearly impossible to keep an even keel after a game like this one, but you simply have to. Pens aren't even in the playoffs yet:

Our mantra has always been to never get too high or too low. And that's not even us being condescending in the slightest. We are looking out for you. We are concerned for your well-being. We don't want anyone throwing themselves into traffic when the Pens lose some game. Actually, f everything we just said. Pens are unreal right now. 99% of the Internet hates all Pens fans. Amazing feeling.

Know Your Enemy: The New York Rangers Blog

What they're saying:

A bunch of stats…

Favorite Rangers-Related Image, Photoshop, Video or Gif:

Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Empty Netters:

Chris Kunitz-Evgeni Malkin-Richard Park
Eric Tangradi-Sidney Crosby-Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke-Jordan Staal-Tyler Kennedy
Arron Asham-Joe Vitale-Craig Adams

Kris Letang – Paul Martin
Zbynek Michalek – Brooks Orpik
Brian Strait – Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Park on the top line. And Tangradi is playing with Crosby. OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!!! BIG DOGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!! Or something. Whatev.

New York Rangers lines from Empty Netters:

Carl Hagelin -Brad Richards – Marian Gaborik
Artem Anisimov – Derek Stepan – Ryan Callahan
Brandon Dubinsky – Brian Boyle – Ruslan Fedotenko
Mike Rupp – John Mitchell – Brandon Prust

Ryan McDonagh – Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto – Stu Bickel
Marc Staal – Anton Stralman

Martin Biron

Do It.

Go Pens.