Good Evening, Penguins fans, and welcome to your Game Day Thread. Tonight, Letsgopens.com brings you the Pittsburgh Penguins vs the New York Rangers in an Atlantic Division matchup.
3-3-0 vs 3-3-0 Game time 7:00 PM, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
TV: ROOT Sports, NHL Network Radio: WXDX and the Penguins Radio Network
Tomas Vokoun 1-1, 2.59 GAA, .917 SV% vs Henrik Lundqvist, 3-3-0, 2.75 GAA, .905 SV%
The Pens beat the Rangers, 6-3 in New York January 20, 2012. Pascal Dupuis scored the game winner, and Evgeni Malkin had 3 assists.
*The Penguins claimed forward Zach Boychuk off waivers from Carolina. Boychuk has played in one game and spent most of the season with the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. *Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby owns a fourteen-game point streak against the Rangers, dating to January of 2009. *Chris Kunitz was sick this morning and missed the morning skate, but is expected to play tonight. *Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo is expected to see his first action of the season tonight. *Rangers have won two in a row and 3 of their last 4.
"He's a first round pick, has speed to his game and limited NHL experience. He'll add competition to our lineup. He could see time on Malkin's wing." - Head Coach Dan Bylsma on Zach Boychuk
"We're trying to keep our game consistent. I thought last game we did a great job trying to gain our identity back. We followed up with, maybe it wasn't the prettiest at times, but we found a way to win." - Rangers Defenseman Michael Del Zotto on the team's two game win streak.
For the Pens, Defenseman Matt Niskanen is out 2-4 weeks with a lower body injury. For the Rangers, Captain Ryan Callahan is out 10-14 days with a shoulder injury, Chris Kreider is out with an ankle injury, and Defenseman Michael Sauer is out with a concussion.
TONIGHT'S GORDIE HOWE HAT TRICK (for your pregame or intermission enjoyment):
Goal: Just like this tonight, Koonie!
Assist: Muzzy to Dave Roche
Fight: Pens win a couple weeks ago started like this:
Respect the game, Respect the other posters, keep the JuJu good, remember that pucks, like baseballs, can sometimes leave the playing surface, and most importantly, have fun!