Game 42: The Captain returns in PittsburghJanuary 3, 2014, by
Ryan Callahan returns from his third injury (wrist, thumb, knee) this season as the Rangers are in Pittsburgh taking on the Metropolitan Division leading Penguins. The Rangers are 5-2-1 in their last 8 games, while the Penguins went 11-3 in December. One of those wins was in the shootout over the Rangers, so suffice it to say the Penguins are white-hot right now. This will not be an easy matchup, even with a fully healthy squad.
Dan Bylsma has the Penguins running an aggressive 2-1-2 forecheck in the offensive zone and encourages puck pursuit in most situations. In the DZ, Pittsburgh uses a low zone defense, taking out lanes and protecting the slot. The Pens are ranked 5th in the league in blocked shots and still average over 3 goals a game.
On special teams, they run a 1-3-1 power play which is ranked first in the league, clicking at an incredible 25.5% rate. They employ a diamond force penalty kill, which they’re ranked 2nd in the league behind the Canucks.
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.
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