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New York Rangers
2011-2012 Records: Penguins (51-25-6), Rangers (51-24-7)
2011-2012 NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (41-35-76)
2011-2012 PIT Leading Scorer: Evgeni Malkin (50-59-109)
2011-2012 NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (62 GS, 1.97 GAA, .930 SV%)
2011-2012 PIT Goaltender: Marc-Andre Fleury (64 GS, 2.36 GAA, .914 SV%)
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Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Marian Gaborik-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Chris Kreider-Brian Boyle-Taylor Pyatt
Mike Rupp-Jeff Halpern-Arron Asham
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-Stu Bickel
Probable Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Steve Eminger (healthy), Matt Gilroy (healthy)
Preview: The Penguins sure were busy this offseason. The Pens sent Jordan Staal packing in exchange for Brandon Sutter and others, although Sutter is the only player from the trade on the roster. Gone also is Zbynek Michalek, sent to Phoenix for prospects. Those are two major players exiting, and while Sutter makes the loss of Staal manageable, the loss of Michalek leaves the Pens a little thin on the blue line.
When the teams line up tonight, you’re going to see a lot of the Rangers in the Penguins in terms of style of play. The Penguins play a 2-1-2 forecheck –like the Rangers– that pressures the puck carriers in their own zone and creates turnovers. The constant pressure creates opportunities for the two best offensive players in the game: Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
The only place where the Pens really differ from the Rangers is in the defensive zone. The Rangers play a collapsing style, which aims to prevent shots from high quality scoring areas. The Penguins attack the point men, which is used to create turnovers and odd man rushes.
To win, the Rangers are going to need to exploit the Penguins relatively thin defense. Much like the Rangers, the Pens have a solid top four, but their bottom pairing leaves a lot to be desired. They will also need to keep their heads on a swivel, as Crosby and Malkin will make the Rangers pay for blown assignments.
Crazy Thought: They aren’t rusty.
Opposition Blog: The Pens Blog
BEST OF MAXIM
When we finally get to see Henrik Lundqvist lead the Rangers onto the ice in Boston, he'll be wearing a brand new mask, which he describes in this video (H/T to reader Steve)...
Here's pics of the mask...
...i love Lundqvist, but sort of a strange concept to celebrate legends of the Silver Screen. Even if they are from Sweden.
...having said that, as...
You can now get your tickets here on Ranger Nation for all New York Rangers games. Click the picture below to check out the deal.
Yesterday, I posted some somber news regarding Michael Sauer not even in the conversation for the Rangers this season. Now, Jeff Klein at the New York Times has this from Sauer's agent Ben Hankinson...
“I wish I could give you some kind of timetable on when or if he can come back, but I can’t. Unfortunately it’s still day to day, week to week, month to month. Michael’s...
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There’ll be plenty of celebration this season, despite the slow start
Here’s an interesting statistic I read after the Pittsburgh loss: The Rangers will play their 48 games in 99 days. Last year they played their final 48 games in 100 days. Basically there is no great concern or big deal to be made of the compressed schedule. There will also be sufficient practice time.
The New York Rangers host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Madison Square Garden for the 2013 home opener at 7:00 PM. For a preview, go to Yahoo! Sports.
Rangers Game Notes
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Tyler Kennedy and James Neal scored goals to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 on Saturday.
Claude Giroux scored for the Flyers in the first game for both teams since the end of the 113-day NHL lockout.
Chris Kunitz added an empty-netter in the final seconds for the Penguins.
About 20,000 fans filled the Wells Fargo Center and they were welcomed back...
Buckle up Penguins fans, it's a great day for hockey!
The New York Rangesr (0-2-0) lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins (2-0-0) by the score of 5-2, last night. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
,,,since the Rangers didn't bother showing up last night, I won't bother doing a game recap.
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PHILADELPHIA -- The Pittsburgh Penguins opened their 2013 season by winning at a place where their 2012 season ended bitterly. Tyler Kennedy and James Neal scored in a span of 2:40 in the first period and the Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 Saturday afternoon in a rematch of a 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals series. "I think there is always a little bit...
Tyler Kennedy, James Neal, and Chris Kunitz each scored and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 shots as the Penguins beat the Flyers 3-1 Saturday in Philadelphia. Anyone expecting a matchup similar to the circus-like six game playoff series from April left very disappointed. Both teams had stretches of strong defensive play and both goaltenders, Marc-Andre Fleury and Ilya Bryzgalov...
As any of us that were watching the game, and stomping around the living room, throwing our hats at the tv, spittin’ & a’cussin as we were put on hold for another half hour or so, my face lit up like a kid at Christmas at 3:35 pm EST, when The Pittsburgh Penguins’ season officially [...]
Before today the best 60 minutes of Paul Martin's Penguin career was his introductory press conference.
Today Martin and the rest of the defense set the tone with a complete 60 minute effort.
We can tell ourselves that this game will never avenge being beat in the playoffs by the Flyers, but guess what it does a little bit.
Especially when you think about the fact...