Game 59 at Pittsburgh: Head into the break strongFebruary 7, 2014, by
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.
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.
Game time is 7pm on MSG2 (seriously?). Don’t forget to check out our Rangers Tickets link for deals to attend games