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Game 37: Rangers at Penguins

Can the new guys (and Boyle) do it again?

Can the new guys (and Boyle) do it again?

For the fourth and final time this season, the Rangers and Penguins will square off in what could be a first-round playoff preview. The Penguins took the first two games in decisive fashion, but the Rangers demolished the Penguins just the other day. The new guys all made a contribution, and the Penguins are still with their injury woes.

As of today, the Rangers sit in 8th place in the Eastern Conference with 39 points, one point behind the Islanders (OTL against Washington last night) and tied in points with the Devils (hold the tie breaker). The Jets (38 points) and Flyers (37 points) are dangerously close in that rear-view mirror as well. Every point matters at this stage of the season.

On the ice, nothing has changed. The Pens still play a 2-1-2 forecheck, a variation of zone defense and man-on-man in the defensive zone, an umbrella power play, and a diamond penalty kill. There’s nothing these two teams can throw at each other that would shock the opposition.

For more on Tortorella’s systems read here.

2012-2013 Records: Penguins (18-16-2), Rangers (17-15-3)

NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (13-17-30)
PIT Leading Scorer: Chris Kunitz (20-25-45)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (31 GP, 2.15 GAA, .924 SV%)
PIT Goaltender: Marc-Andre Fleury (26 GP, 2.34 GAA, .916 SV%)

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Rangers Lines: 

LW/C/RW

Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Ryane Clowe-Brad Richards-Mats Zuccarello
Carl Hagelin-Derek Brassard-Brian Boyle
Taylor Pyatt-Darroll Powe-Arron Asham

LD/RD

Michael Del Zotto-Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh-Anton Stralman
John Moore-Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratches/Injuries:  Mike Sauer (concussion), Marc Staal (eye), Matt Gilroy (healthy), Roman Hamrlik (healthy), J.T. Miller (healthy)

Broadcast Info: MSG, 7pm

Torts’ post-practice interview from Thursday:

12 Responses to “Game 37: Rangers at Penguins”

  1. Chris F says:

    I think you have Pens record wrong.

  2. Tim B says:

    Rangers record is wrong too.
    Penguins: 28-10
    Rangers: 18-15-3

  3. Chris F says:

    So, I just heard on Rangers radio pregame that JT Miller skated with the team this morning but his wrist is bothering him, plus I see him listed as a healthy scratch above…when did get called back from the Whale?

    • VinceR says:

      Immediately after being sent down. I believe he was just sent down for a few minutes to make him eligible for AHL playoffs or something to that effect.

    • Tim B says:

      He was called up a few hours after he was sent down because Gaborik was traded. never know if one of them doesnt make it down there.

  4. VinceR says:

    Pretty thrilling game after 2…hoping we can get at least 1 point out of this! Like the opportunities we are getting, eventually Fleury is going to let one by.

  5. TxRanger says:

    That faceoff goal was amazing, especially after just missing the PP goal.

    • VinceR says:

      Love the resiliency after Fluery kept stoning them. Happy to have 3 points out of these 2 games…now let’s go for four!

  6. Tim B says:

    Gaborik assisted on Anisimov’s goal. Nice to see him producing.

  7. Rob says:

    Ffffff______________________k! We deserved a better fate, but 3 out of 4 points ain’t bad.

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