Game Thread

Game 73: Rangers at Pittsburgh

OPPONENT: Pittsburgh Penguins

2010-2011 RECORD: 41-22-8

2010-2011 LEADING SCORER: Kris Letang (8-38-46)

GOALIE: Marc-Andre Fleury (2.35 GAA, .920 SV%)

RANGERS LINES:

Brandon Dubinsky-Artem Anisimov-Ryan Callahan
Vinny Prospal-Erik Christensen-Marian Gaborik
Wojtek Wolski-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Ruslan Fedotenko-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Steve Eminger-Mike Sauer
Bryan McCabe-Matt Gilroy

Henrik Lundqvist
Chad Johnson

Scratched tonight: Derek Boogaard (concussion symptoms), Alex Frolov (knee), Chris Drury (knee), Martin Biron (collarbone), Marc Staal (undisclosed), and Sean Avery (healthy).

STATE OF THE BLUESHIRTS: The Rangers have been on a bit of a run lately, winning five of their past six games to give them a four point cushion on ninth place Carolina. In those five wins, the Rangers have converted six times on the powerplay, out of 20 opportunities. Marian Gaborik seems to have caught fire, as he has four goals in his past five games, coinciding with the Rangers recent run. The Crosby-less Penguins are up for the matinée affair, and hopefully the Rangers make it six of seven.

CRAZY THOUGHT: Dubinsky gets a Gordie Howe hat trick.

OPPONENT’S BLOG: Pensburgh

PREDICTION: Rangers 3, Penguins 2

The game is at 7pm on MSG2 (click here for listings), and on 970AM on your radio.

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