Shea-ved Ice: Penguins Vs. Rangers Preview
NEW YORK (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Penguins will be looking to build off an emotional win over Montreal when they take on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden tonight.
Pittsburgh battled back from a 3-1 deficit to win 4-3 in overtime against the Canadiens on Saturday.
Kris Letang scored the game-winning goal after suffering a broken nose from a high hit by Max Pacioretty.
On Monday, the NHL suspended Pacioretty for three games for the hit.
This will be the first meeting between the Rangers and Penguins this season. According to the Penguins’ official website, Pittsburgh has enjoyed some remarkable success at Madison Square Garden recently.
Over the past two years, the Penguins have gone 5-1 in New York and are 18-8-8 against them since the 2006-07 season.
However, the Rangers have been tough to beat on home ice this season. Entering tonight’s game, the Rangers are 6-1-1 at Madison Square Garden.
Currently, the Rangers are sitting in third place in the Atlantic Division and are only five points behind the Penguins. However, the Rangers have four games in hand on Pittsburgh.
New York is also only two points behind the Philadelphia Flyers.
New York is riding high with a two-game winning streak after knocking off the Capitals and Flyers last week.
Sniper Marian Gaborik is leading the way for New York with 10 goals and seven assists. Newly-acquired Brad Richards is hot on his heels with eight goals and eight assists.
In goal, Henrik Lundqvist continues to be a dominant force. So far this season, he is 9-4-3 with a 2.05 GAA and a .935 save percentage with two shutouts.
Against the Penguins, Lundqvist is 20-13-5 with a 2.41 GAA, .913 save percentage and has two shutouts.
For Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby returned to the lineup last week and recorded two goals and seven assists in four games to earn the NHL’s No. 1 star of the week.
Crosby has enjoyed success against the Rangers in his career with 20 goals and 32 assists in just 37 games. Three of those goals were game-winners.
Evgeni Malkin has also performed well against New York. In 30 career games, Malkin has 12 goals and 12 assists. Four of his goals have been game-winners.
In goal, Fleury is 13-3-2 with a 2.07 GAA and a .925 save percentage this season.
Against the Rangers, Fleury is 18-10-7 with a 2.79 GAA, .907 save percentage and two shutouts.
The puck is set to drop at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on Root Sports.