Game Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Rangers 10/17/17

Basics

Who: Pittsburgh Penguins (3-2-1) @ New York Rangers (1-5-0)

When: 7:00 PM Eastern, locally televised on ATT Sports Net

Recent History: The Pens won final year’s deteriorate array with a 3-2-0 record that seems even improved deliberation one NYR win was Game 82 when both teams were resting all pivotal players for a playoffs. Pittsburgh took a timber to New York with 6-1 and 7-2 wins on 11/23 and 12/20 respectively to uncover what a 2016 playoffs done transparent in a disproportion in peculiarity between a dual teams.

Old friends Somewhat a rarity, NYR doesn’t have any players in a NHL or AHL with ties to a Pens organization. Carl Hagelin was a member of a Rangers.

Did we know: Since entering a league, Sidney Crosby has forsaken 78 points (29g+48a) in 59 games opposite a Rangers in a unchanging season, by distant a many in a league. Next closest Ranger nemesis? Evgeni Malkin with 49 points in 50 games.

Opponent focus

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Last time out: Like a Pens, a Rangers have been off given Saturday night. Unlike a Pens, a Rangers were large fat losers on Saturday dropping a 3-2 preference during home to a startling Devils.

Star of a show: Mika Zibanejad is one of a few splendid spots of a early deteriorate for NYR with 5 goals (but 0 assists) in a initial 6 games, though a star of Broadway is a same male for a Blueshirts that it’s been for a final decade, it’s Henrik Lundqvist. “The King” is now 35 and entrance off his misfortune NHL deteriorate ever final year and needs to rebound behind if NYR is to make any noise. With a .914 save% in an early sample, things aren’t all his fault, though it stays to be seen if he can still take games consistently like progressing in his career.

Expected lines

Rick Nash – Mika Zibanejad – Mats Zuccarello

Chris KreiderDavid Desharnais – JT Miller

Jimmy VeseyKevin HayesJesper Fast

Michael GrabnerPaul CareyPavel Buchnevich

Ryan McDonagh / Anthony DeAngelo

Brady Skjei / Brendan Smith

Nick Holden / Kevin Shattenkirk

—The Rangers change lines a lot, so we’ll see if these reason or for how long. In a lot of ways, this group looks like a Pens solely they don’t have an 87 or a 71. They’re clever on a wings, a bit weaker down a middle.

—Their invulnerability has some good names, though a talent is widespread now. Shattenkirk is fundamentally a Justin Schultz form who will put adult considerable offense and see plain possession, though he’s never been (and expected never will be) a loyal initial pairing man to take a toughest of assignments. It’s engaging to see a gifted though flighty DeAngelo get a shot with a solid McDonagh. Skjei/Smith is a classical shutdown form of pairing.

Storylines

The aged ensure of a Metro

Since investiture of a new NHL groups for a 2013-14 season, a Pens and Rangers are a many achieved teams in a Metropolitan, with any group “winning” a Metro playoff joint twice (NYR in ‘14 and ‘15, Pens in ‘16 and ‘17). As such, they’ve clashed mostly in a playoffs with a new divisional-heavy alignment. After assembly in a playoffs in 2014, 2015 and 2016, a 4th true PIT/NYR assembly was narrowly avoided in 2017 when a Rangers fell in 6 games in a second spin to Ottawa. In fact, these dual teams have represented a Eastern Conference in a Stanley Cup Finals 3 of a final 4 seasons, with it roughly being 4/4 had NYR not mislaid in G7 of a 2015 ECF to Tampa.

Are a winds of change coming? The Pens are only 3-2-1, not terrible though sleep-walking so distant by their early schedule. New York, has means for most some-more regard with only 2 points in a initial 6 games of a season. In many ways a Pens are excellent (on a 95 indicate pace, though display coercion yet) though another bad week or dual and a Rangers competence be wondering what happened to their deteriorate after in a year.

You’re trash, Rick Nash

Rick Nash has though a singular idea and no assists in this, a start of a agreement year. That’s substantially a small dubious given he does have 25 shots on goal, a ton for early in a year and that shouldn’t final perpetually though it’s positively not a start to demeanour for. He’s had some success in his career opposite Pittsburgh over a years (14 goals + 9 assists in 28 games) so maybe this could be a possibility for him to spin it around.

Make grain while a object shines

The Penguins have health and a few days off, and when going to play a 1-5 team, that’s a diversion we substantially wish to win deliberation a dreaded back-to-back Florida outing is entrance adult this weekend (where Pittsburgh traditionally doesn’t do well, let alone this deteriorate in awful b-2-b games).

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