Game 58: Free falling Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins are currently on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. It’s been a while since we’ve been able to say that. I say good riddance, and screw the draft position, and beat them down. I will thoroughly enjoy a win this afternoon. Nothing will make me happier than the Penguins missing the playoffs. They deserve to be with us in misery.

As for the actual game, the lines are still TBD as of the writing of this post. Brady Skjei’s status is still up in the air. On the bright side, Fredrick Claesson is cleared to go. Filip Chytil is still a question mark, but David Quinn has said that he doesn’t like scratching the kids…..I dunno.

I’ll update the lines when they get released.

Penguins Lines

Jake Guentzel-Sidney Crosby-Bryan Rust
Phil Kessel-Evgeni Malkin-Nick Bjugstad
Theodore Blueger-Jared McCann-Patric Hornqvist
Zachary Aston-Reese-Matt Cullen-Garrett Wilson

Brian Dumoulin-Kris Letang
Jack Johnson-Justin Schultz
Marcus Pettersson-Chad Ruhwedel

PP1: Malkin-Crosby-Hornqvist-Kessel-Letang
PP2: Guentzel-Bjugstad-Aston-Reese-Pettersson-Schultz

Casey DeSmith gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Chris KreiderMika ZibanejadMats Zuccarello
Jimmy VeseyKevin Hayes–Pavel Buchnevich
Vlad Namestnikov–Ryan Strome–Fredrick Claesson
Connor Brickley-Boo Nieves–Filip Chytil

Tony DeAngelo-Adam McQuaid
Marc StaalNeal Pionk
Brendan Smith-Kevin Shattenkirk

PP1: Zibanejad-Kreider-Zuccarello-Strome-Namestnikov
PP2: Buchnevich-Chytil-Hayes-Pionk-Shattenkirk

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Brady Skjei, Jesper FastFilip Chytil (healthy), Brett Howden (knee)

Crazy Prediction: McQuaid with a goal.

Game time is 12:30pm.

27 thoughts on “Game 58: Free falling Penguins

  • Feb 17, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Chytil again ? Wtf …. maybe he has a last minute change up

  • Feb 17, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Rangers playing well.

  • Feb 17, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    What a brutal 3rd period. Can’t blame Georgiev if he sues the team for lack of support.

  • Feb 17, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Gotta disagree here, Georgiev has been awful in the 3rd all by himself. Can’t hang this one on the team. He should’ve had both Malkin goals, and got away with a penalty earlier in the game for handling the puck outside trapezoid. Not Georgiev’s best showing today.

    • Feb 17, 2019 at 3:17 pm

      Not his best but the Rangers laid down through the first 14 minutes of the 3rd, starting with their inability to do anything on a 4 minute PP. Penguins totally controlled the play, were quicker to pucks and the Ranger D’ started running around.

      That said, there’s no quit in this team. Going back to 3 games prior to the All-Star break they’ve played well as a team.

    • Feb 17, 2019 at 3:33 pm

      He’s a young goalie and bound to have a few tough ones along the way. Defense did him no favors on at least 2 of the goals (actually 3 of them since Shatty “scored” the first one). Still right move to play him today. Now let’s see if the week off gives Hank some rest and stokes the fire vs the Canes who he typically plays very well against.

      • Feb 17, 2019 at 3:56 pm

        Malkin goals = high danger shots ( one was 3 foot out unmolested )

        • Feb 17, 2019 at 4:25 pm

          Unmolested?? No need to go through your bag of $2 words to try and come up with hockey slang.

          Btw On the outside of the high slot going backhand across the strong side for a high glove short side goal? I believe that’s somewhat of a soft goal and it’s not like there was a screen on that play. If that was Crosby or Getzlaf than I would have given full credit to them since they’re elite with that backhanded stuff.

          • Feb 17, 2019 at 5:35 pm

            Malkin isn’t elite with that stuff? Not sure I can agree with that assessment of Mr. Malkin.

          • Feb 17, 2019 at 5:39 pm

            That is funny , Malkin is a goal scorer. 15 foot out on a backhand ( which is the hardest shot to read for any goalie – even the beloved queen ). Would he want that one back , maybe . The others he didn’t have much chance. He did make some great saves ( unless u missed those too ?? )

            • Feb 17, 2019 at 7:39 pm

              Got it, when a goalie gives up 6 goals and they’re NOT named Lundqvist, they’ve actually had a great game. When a goalie named Lundqvist gives up 2 goals on 36 shots, he sucks. Thanks for clearing that up, jackass.

              • Feb 17, 2019 at 7:56 pm

                So ur saying the first 2 periods he sucked dooo-sssh ? Yeah got it

            • Feb 17, 2019 at 8:20 pm

              Sieve I agree on the Malkin backhander. But if that was Hank in net you would have been screaming from the rooftops…

              • Feb 17, 2019 at 8:33 pm

                Nah , gave up on that , we need to loose a few. ?? And I always give credit when he plays good and u know that Sittoo. This is a kid , youngest in the NHL if I remember who shows lots of poise and patience. Has had some bad games ? Yup. Doesn’t cost us a fortune and it’s a shame he’s probably gone next season.

  • Feb 17, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    I thought that the point blank shots were rather tough ones for Georgiev. Maybe not his best game but the Penguins have rather proficient snipers.

    For most of the game the Rangers hung with the Pens. But they have so much talent up front that they became too much for the Rangers after the major penalty kill.

    Altogether I was not unhappy with the Rangers’ effort.

    • Feb 17, 2019 at 8:21 pm

      Defense did Georgi no favors tonight but that is pretty much par for the course with this team no matter who is in net…

  • Feb 17, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    On the Dumoulin goal, all 5 Rangers were either on the goal line or below it so both Penguins D could creep in to the dots unmolested.

    • Feb 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm

      Atrocious Defense by both teams… difference was elite offense by Pens…

      • Feb 17, 2019 at 5:06 pm

        Not scoring on the 4 minute PP was a back breaker.

        Situations like that really magnify the need for another goal scoring winger.

        • Feb 17, 2019 at 5:24 pm

          Agree Richter…. a goal on the PP could have been a game changer

          • Feb 17, 2019 at 5:26 pm

            They actually had the Pens on the ropes, scoring 2 to tie at 3 and then getting the 4 minute PP.

            Maybe Zuc stays in Pittsburgh? lol

            • Feb 17, 2019 at 8:23 pm

              Yes. That was the game right there. They played it too safe early in the pp.

              • Feb 18, 2019 at 6:16 am

                Right they should have been firing away, at will.

        • Feb 17, 2019 at 5:36 pm

          Why do you want them to win this season?

          • Feb 17, 2019 at 5:40 pm

            I don’t, lol. I want competitive one goal losses in regulation. 🙂

      • Feb 17, 2019 at 5:28 pm

        Agree on bad D by both teams, but the Pens got goals from two odd sources (Dumoulin & Pettersson) and four goals from the defense overall today, besides the two from the elite Malkin. Penguins exploited holes in the Rangers zone coverage all game, and arguably their D won them the game on offense today.

        • Feb 17, 2019 at 5:44 pm

          If Georgie wasn’t great in the first 2 periods then it would have been a different game, maybe.

          But to the Rangers’ credit, they kept playing and trying to come back. That’s the coach, IMO.

          Quinn’s best work is Names, who did not want anything to do with this coach at the beginning of the year, and DeAngelo, in their markedly big improvement. Hayes, Kreider, and (gulp) Staal, not too far behind.

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