Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers
Pittsburgh - 3-6-5 - 11 pts - Last in Atlantic
New York - 8-4-3 - 19 pts - First in Atlantic
So the Rangers have come off of a home and home sweep of the Devils. They're another team (common trait) that is better at home than on the road. They've only lost one game in regulation at home. They've sold out several of their games this season, so I'd expect this one to be well attended. After outshooting their opponents most of the early part of the season, they've now been outshot in 4 of their last 6 games.
The Rangers have one decent goalie (Weekes) and one that has played really well this year - Lundqvist. Not sure who the Pens will see tonight, but either one will be a challenge.
Several ex-Penguins play for the Rangers, led by Jaromir Jagr, who has 14 goals in 15 games this year. Also on the team are Marty Straka, Michael Rosival (who is leading the team in ice time), Darius Kasparaitis and Ville Nieminen. None of those guys, maybe with the exception of Marty, are guys that the Pens were interested in having before this season started.
The Pens have a hidden stat for this game - they *don't* have a losing record against the Atlantic Division!! Not sure how they don't, but they're 2-2-1 against the Atlantic. Go Pens! This will guarentee victory for sure ;)
Anyway, this will be a tough one. Here's hoping...