Game 7 Preview: Penguins Vs. Rangers
NEW YORK (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Penguins (3-3) will be looking to get back on the winning side of things tonight when they return to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Rangers (3-3).
Pittsburgh will undoubtedly want to forget about a dismal 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders at Consol Energy Center Tuesday night.
Turnovers, a stagnant power play and general sloppy play cost the Penguins dearly against the Islanders. It’s been a growing trend over the last four games and the team has a 1-3 record to show for it.
Goal-scoring has been an issue early on this season as well. Over the last four games, the Penguins have only scored six times.
This will be the second meeting between the Penguins and Rangers this season. In their previous game, the Penguins marched into MSG and dominated their way to a 6-3 victory.
Henrik Lundqvist allowed four goals on 18 shots before being chased from the net.
The Rangers return home tonight having won their last two games on the road. On Saturday, they beat Toronto 5-2 before earning a 2-1 win over the Flyers on Tuesday.
However, they will be without captain Ryan Callahan for the next 10-14 days after he injured his shoulder against Philadelphia.
Marian Gaborik leads the team in goals (five) and points (eight) in six games. Brad Richards (two goals, four assists) and Rick Nash (one goal, five assists) are tied for second on the team with six points each.
Lundqvist (3-3, 2.75 GAA, .905 save percentage) figures to be back between the pipes again tonight. In 43 games against the Penguins, Lundqvist is 22-16-5 with a 2.46 GAA and .913 save percentage.
The Penguins are currently in a three-game stretch against division foes, where points in the standings will be magnified even more in a shortened season.
Sidney Crosby (three goals, three assists) and Evgeni Malkin (one goal, five assists) are tied for the team lead in points with six.
James Neal continues to lead the team in goals with four.
Tomas Vokoun (1-1, 2.59 GAA, .917 save percentage) got the start the last time these teams met and allowed three goals on 34 shots to earn the victory.
Against the Rangers, Vokoun is 11-7-1-1 with a 2.31 GAA and .922 save percentage.
Marc-Andre Fleury (2-2, 2.94 GAA, .894 save percentage) was victimized by poor play in front of him much of the night during their 4-1 loss to the Islanders. He allowed four goals on 17 shots and was pulled after the second period.
Against the Rangers, Fleury is 22-12-7 with a 2.68 GAA and .910 save percentage.
The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m. and you can watch the game on Root Sports.
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