Good Afternoon, Penguins fans, and welcome to your Game Day Thread. Today, Letsgopens.com brings you the Pittsburgh Penguins vs the New York Rangers in an Atlantic Division matchup.
13-11-2 vs 20-8-0 Game time 1:00 PM, CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
TV: ROOT Sports, NHL Network Radio: WXDX and the Penguins Radio Network
Marc-Andre Fleury (14-5-0, .905 SV%, 2.58 GAA) vs Henrik Lundqvist (11-10-1, .920 SV%, 2.27 GAA)
The Pens beat the Rangers, 3-0 in New York on January 31, 2013. Tomas Vokoun earned his 49th shutout with 28 saves. Evgeni Malkin scored the game winner on the first shot of the game, 1:24 in.
*The Pens are on a 7-game win streak, while the Rangers have lost their last two. *The Penguins lead the Atlantic Division by nine points over the Devils with 20 games left to play. 8 of their next 9 are at home. *East Palestine, OH native and former Pittsburgh Hornet JT Miller will play the Pens for the first time today. Miller has two goals and two assists in 18 games.
"That was fun to watch. I see this guy every day, but it's still amazing what he can do. Every day, he still does crazy, crazy stuff out there." - Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, on Sidney Crosby's 2-assist night on Thursday vs the Bruins.
“We're in a good position right now and we've just got to keep going. Winning the division isn't the ultimate goal, but it's the first step, and it's a big step. You want the division, conference title and the President's Trophy in the regular season.”- Left Wing Tanner Glass on the Pens' goals for the season.
"I don't think the Sabres were the hungrier team. I thought we stunk, and I'm not going to give Buffalo any credit. I will give their third line credit -- they outplayed our top players, and that can't happen"- Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella, gracious in defeat after a 3-1 loss to Buffalo on Tuesday.
Center Evgeni Malkin is day-to-day with an upper body injury. For the Rangers, Forward Arron Asham is out with a back injury, Defenseman Marc Staal is out with an eye injury. and Defenseman Michael Sauer is out with a concussion.
TODAY'S GORDIE HOWE HAT TRICK (for your pregame or intermission enjoyment):
Goal: Classic Mario
Assist: Malkin finds Dupuis in front of the net
Fight: Here's a nice little old line brawl.
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!