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