Friday, March 09, 2007

Game #68 - vs New York Rangers

New York Rangers (33-27-7, 73 pts) at Pittsburgh Penguins (36-21-10, 82 pts)

Prior meetings:
Penguins 4, Rangers 3 (SO) on March 1st in New York
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

This is the sixth meeting this year between the Pens and Rangers. The Pens have won three, and considering they still play the Rangers twice, would like to set a precedent by making it four.

The Pens sit just 9 points ahead of the 9th place Rangers. A loss would really hurt. The Pens need to solidify their position. They also need to get the offense cranked back up. Aside from the Ottawa comeback, the Pens have managed three goals or less in every game since February 19th (the Islanders game that ended the point streak). They need Crosby to get back on track, and the power play to put up a multiple goal game.

Rangers blog -
They have a nice article about the way the Rangers have been playing lately and their youth movement. Nice to see when everyone else is still talking about Chris Simon's hit (or chop, I guess I should say).

The Rangers have been quite stingy defensively lately, so the Pens will need to use their speed and transition game to get some quality chances. Lundqvist is always tough on them. I still think the Pens come out on top.

Let's Go Pens!

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