The Rangers and Penguins are at it tonight in a big divisional matchup in a tight Metro Division. The Rangers need two points to stay within striking distance of both the Pens and the Caps. The Pens are also without Matt Murray, so there’s reason to believe this potent offense, even without Mika Zibanejad, could put up a few goals.
The Penguins are struggling to score, but they are still loaded up and down the lineup. Once this team’s luck changes, they are going to get goals in droves. They are still scary, and sooner or later their chances will go in the net. Hopefully it isn’t tonight.
The best part about facing the Penguins is that the Rangers faced themrecently in the playoffs. So I have a very detailed systems comparison between the two teams. Go check it out here.
If you don’t want to read it, here’s the long and short of it. Mike Sullivan has the Penguins running a 2-1-2 forecheck, much like Sully used to have when he was an assistant here under John Tortorella. The Penguins run a full zone in the defensive zone, overloading the boards and switching to a box+1 depending on puck location. On special teams, Sully runs a 1-3-1/umbrella hybrid powerplay and a full fledged zone hybrid (box, diamond, wedge+1) penalty kill.
For more details on hockey systems, check out our Systems page.
Tristan Jarry gets the start.
Ondrej Pavelec gets the start.
Scratches/Injuries: Mika Zibanejad (concussion), Steven Kampfer (healthy), Henrik Lundqvist (flu)
Crazy Prediction: Ten goals combined by both teams.
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