STATS: On the slate this week

Saturday night's game in Montreal marked the start of an unexpected 4-game road trip.  There's one game this week that the entire league has circled on their calendars…
 
 
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Pens getting their first taste of the Blueshirts and MSG on Tuesday night at 7:30.  The Rangers helped bring Washington to panic mode with a 6-3 win Friday night in Washington.  And the Rangers are 6-1-1 at home this year.  And that stat would be impressive if it wasn't for the Pens' 8-1-2 record at home. 
 
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The Caps are in trouble. And they've hired Dale Hunter to right the ship. They've lost 8 of their last 11, and they haven't even shown up to the rink for some of the games.  Ovechkin has basically stopped playing.  They have the Blues Tuesday night, then the Pens come to town Thursday. 
Thursday's game was already going to be a big deal, but now it is even bigger.
 
Hunter has hate deep in his veins for the Penguins.

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We could be wrong, but Hunter was a part of, what, three teams that blew 3-1 series leads against the Pens? What an unbelievable addition to this rivalry.
 
In a lifetime 35 games against the Penguins, Hunter scored 24 points and had an unbelievable 131 penalty minutes.
 
That equals out to 3.7 penalty minutes a game.
Yeah, Thursday is going to be fun.
 
 
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Pens have to play the Canes again for some reason, Saturday night.   Points-wise, the Canes are the second-worst team in the East, but games in Raleigh are always bizarre. The Canes fired their coach today as well, and hired Kirk Muller.
 
Rumors of Pens fans tripping for the Caps and Canes games. 
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