Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Game #63 - at New York Rangers

Pittsburgh Penguins (33-20-9, 75 pts) at New York Rangers (30-27-6, 66 pts)

Prior meetings:
Rangers 3, Penguins 2 (SO) on December 7th in New York
Rangers 2, Penguins 1 (OT) on November 25th in Pittsburgh
Penguins 3, Rangers 1 on November 18th in Pittsburgh
Penguins 6, Rangers 5 on October 12th in New York

One of the great joys of the hockey season is realizing that the Rangers and Flyers won't make the playoffs. Looks like both may miss them this year. Add to that the possibility if the Pens entering the fray for the first time in quite a while, and you have Pittsburgh hockey nirvana.

The Pens are in the 5th spot in the East, though they're just four points out of the 9th spot. They really need to beat a team like the Rangers to stay at a decent spot in the standings, because the rest of March doesn't get much easier.

The Rangers have a losing record at home this year, one of only three teams in the East to have that dubious mark (Toronto and Philly are the other two). They also had lost four out of five games (including Philly and Columbus at home - blech!) before shutting out the Habs on Tuesday.

The Pens will have their new guys on the ice against the Rangers. They include Gary Roberts, Georges Laraque and Joel Kwiatkowski. I'm typing those names more for my spelling practice than anything else. Roberts will skate on the first line with Crosby, according to the front page of

Rangers blog - Ranger Pundit
Check out this blog - it's written by Mike Savino, who attended his first game in person in 1943!! That's some serious dedication. Sounds like some Stillerz fans I know, but probably without the drunken haze that our Pittsburgh brethren tend to show.

I'm looking for a tight road game. No Shanahan, probably no Straka. Someone please tackle Jagr, or at least show him sad clown faces so he'll get depressed.

Let's Go Pens!


Teej said...

sad clown faces...hahaha I love it. I am really looking forward to seeing Laraque and Roberts, but Laraque especially... really want to see how he will respond to other teams creating hell for our stars.

will said...

With Avery on the Rangers I'm so glad we'll have a guy like Laraque in the lineup. Not that Rutuu could not handle that punk but just cause you know they'll be some scrappy play. Really looking forward to seeing Roberts on that first line and I assume he'll be parked in front of the net on the PP... or at least if they go 5 on 3. Don't know much about Kwiatkowski, but some fresh blood on the blue line with be good.