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Penguins @ Rangers|It's Clobbering time PTII|01/31/13 7:00EST

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Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Rangers

The Season so far

Well, where to start? After the lockout was finally concluded fans waited with baited breath for the start of the season and were drilled with commercials re-iterating that #hockeyisback although I'm sure some teams would wish it hadn't started again with the way they're going. This isn't the case for either of today's teams despite their poor starts. Pittsburgh initially started with a tricky season opener against the Flyers but in bizarre fashion it resulted in a fairly easy win whilst the Rangers dropped the opener away to Boston. Both teams have already met this season at MSG in the second game for both. Lundqvist wasn't up to his normal best which saw him pulled as the Penguins went on to win 6-3. At that point Penguins fan were dancing on the ceiling with their start but it went downhill from there. After that the team seemed to lose impetus. They said hello to their fans in the home opener but dropped it against the Maple Leafs whilst Rangers picked up their first two points of the season. Since then Rangers have picked up momentum after a slight bump after losing against Philadelphia and the Penguins have slumped after further poor performances against Ottawa (SO win) and the Islanders (4-1 loss). Time to put that right.

Last time they met



Line-ups

Penguins

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Dustin Jeffrey - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Matt Cooke - Brandon Sutter - Tyler Kennedy
Craig Adams - Joe Vitale - Tanner Glass

Brooks Orpik - Paul Martin
Kris Letang - Simon Despres
Deryk Engelland - Reverend

Marc-Andre-Fleury
Tomas Vokun

Rangers

Rick Nash - Brad Richards - Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin - Derek Stepan - Taylor Pyatt
Michael Rupp - Brian Boyle - Benn Ferreiro
Kris Newbury - Jeff Halpern - Arron Asham

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Marc Staal - Michael Del Zotto
Steve Eminger - Anton Stralman

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

Team Leaders
Penguins Rangers
Malkin and Crosby (6)PointsMarian Gaborik (8)
James Neal (4)GoalsMarian Gaborik (5)
Evgeni Malkin (5)AssistsRick Nash (5)
Dupuis and Tangradi (+2)Plus/MinusBrad Richards (6)
Dupuis, Martin, Kunitz, Malkin and Neal (1)Powerplay GoalsRyan Callahan (2)
(all stats courtesy of http://hockey-reference.com and http://nhl.com)

GO PENS!


*I am aware the lines could change, will update if they do


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