Game 59 at Pittsburgh: Head into the break strong

Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Yea, the Rangers fell victim to the trap game last night against Edmonton. It happens. The more important thing here is that they played their stinker against a non-conference team. If there’s a silver lining, that’s it. The Rangers wrap up the pre-Olympics schedule in Pittsburgh tonight, taking on the division leading Penguins. The Pens have gotten unusually strong –and consistent– goaltending from Marc-Andre Fleury. They’ve also had a full year of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, which is helping them succeed despite dressing the blue line from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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 defensive zone, Pittsburgh uses a 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. Minds blown. On special teams, they run a 1-3-1 power play and  a diamond force penalty kill.

Rangers Lineup:

Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Brian Boyle-Dominic Moore-Dan Carcillo

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
John Moore-Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Derek Dorsett (broken leg), Justin Falk (healthy)

Game time is 7pm on MSG2 (seriously?). Don’t forget to check out our Rangers Tickets link for deals to attend games

9 Responses to “Game 59 at Pittsburgh: Head into the break strong”

  1. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    Wow, Malkin went down on a bump by Hagelin. Really? Interference? FLOP.

  2. Chris.C says:

    Obviously the Rangers didnt get the memo on the Penguins having the #1 Powerplay in the league. Jeeez

  3. Bloomer says:

    The Rangers were the better team from start to finish in this one and deserving of the win. I am glad the referees didn’t buy into the drop, flop and roll by the Penquins players. Those type of antics belong in European soccer, not NHL hockey.

    • Walt says:

      Hence the disdain for this team!!!!

      Did you see that pus*y Cindy crying for a call against him, what a captain, hit him with your purse Cindy!!

  4. What a turnaround in the image of Pouliot. He was labed as one of the most consistently inconsistent. Now he’s one of the Rangers best forwards.

  5. Tim B says:

    BSB crew: After Letang suffered a stroke and is out 6 weeks. Can he return to the level he plays at? Did his trade value go down?

    • Walt says:

      He is signed to a contract for over $7 mil a year, for some 6-7 years, don’t remember the term. The Pens were never going to trade the guy!

  6. TxRanger says:

    Pouliot is a G. He’s the new Anisimov! At least in how the fans regard him.