Thursday, December 01, 2005

Game #26 - at Rangers

Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers

Pittsburgh - 7-12-6 - 20 pts - Last in Atlantic
New York - 16-7-3 - 35 pts - First in Atlantic

The Rangers are tough. Even though the Pens beat them at home already this year, it's probably a lot to expect them to do it again. The Rangers are 8-2-2 at home and 6-2-2 vs the Atlantic division. They're also 8-2 in their last 10 games.

The Rangers have also won five straight games, though their power play has struggled of late, netting only one goal in the last four games. The Pens have allowed four goals in the last two games on the PK, so something will have to give.

The Pens, conversely, are 4-6-3 on the road and 3-6-1 in their last 10 games. They are now 5 points behind the fourth place Islanders. They really need to start to pick up some wins. Tonight, though, I'll even take an OTL, just to get a point.

We'll see Lundqvist tonight in goal. I believe this is the first time we've seen him this year - Weekes played the previous two games, but he's on IR. Fleury will be in net for the Pens.

The secret to beating the Rangers? Play hard, don't take stupid penalties and hope for some luck (or a knockout performance from Fleury).

Let's go Pens.

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