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04-04-2012, 09:22 PM
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#81 - 04.05.2012 | New York Rangers @ Pittsburgh Penguins | 7:00 PM - MSG2, NBCSN






THE MATCHUP
GAME #81
April 5th, 2012



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7:00 PM ET
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NEWS & NOTES





QUOTES TO NOTE

It's big. I think it's one of those things that's really hard to take it in and appreciate at this time of year.
We realize that it is a special accomplishment, but at the same time we know we need to remain focused and be ready for playoff hockey.
- Ryan Callahan


It's awesome. Last year, kind of squeaking into the playoffs on the last day of the season, and to have it a total turnaround this year, is great.
We knew we had the guys in here to accomplish something special like this. It's a good feeling.
- Ryan McDonagh


The biggest thing is our consistency. Thatís where I think our team has really grown, in not getting into too many valleys. We had one in March here. Really about the only one that we had all year long.
And itís a credit to them, and I know you guys (the media) piss and moan when I say it, but itís a day to day thing for our team here. I think our guys have really bought into that, of just coming to work each day and trying to be the best they can be.
- John Tortorella





PITTSBURGH PENGUINS





TEAM STATS / STANDINGS:

GP: 80 | W: 49 | L: 25 | OTL: 6 | Pts: 104 | GF: 273 | GA: 217 | PP%: 19.7 | PK%: 88.0 | FO%: 50.2
G/G: 3.30 | GA/G: 2.68 | HOME: 27-10-2 | AWAY: 22-15-4 | LAST 10: 5-4-1 | STREAK: W1

Division: 2nd | Conference: 4th | League: 4th



TEAM LEADERS:

Goals: Evgeni Malkin | 48
Assists: Evgeni Malkin | 57
Points: Evgeni Malkin | 105
+/-: Dupuis, Orpik | +17
Hits: Brooks Orpik | 254
Blocks: Zbynek Michalek | 142
PIM: James Neal | 87
FO%: Joe Vitale | 55.6
TOI/G F: Evgeni Malkin | 21:09
TOI/G D: Kris Letang | 24:54



PROJECTED LINES:

Chris Kunitz | Evgeni Malkin (A) | James Neal
Steve Sullivan | Sidney Crosby (C) | Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke | Jordan Staal | Tyler Kennedy
Craig Adams | Joe Vitale | Arron Asham

Brooks Orpik (A) | Zbynek Michalek
Paul Martin | Kris Letang
Brian Strait | Deryk Engelland

*Scratches:



STARTING GOALIE:


Marc-Andre Fleury

GPI: 65 | W: 41 | L: 17 | OT: 4 | SV% .913 | GAA: 2.37 | SO: 3


INJURIES / SUSPENSIONS / MISC:

Matt Niskanen - DTD: Undisclosed injury
Ben Lovejoy - IR: Knee injury






NEW YORK RANGERS





TEAM STATS / STANDINGS:

GP: 80 | W: 51 | L: 22 | OTL: 7 | Pts: 109 | GF: 223 | GA: 178 | PP%: 15.9 | PK%: 86.3 | FO%: 49.9
G/G: 2.74 | GA/G: 2.16 | HOME: 27-11-2 | AWAY: 24-11-5 | LAST 10: 7-3-0 | STREAK: W1

Division: 1st | Conference: 1st | League: 1st



TEAM LEADERS:

Goals: Marian Gaborik | 41
Assists: Brad Richards | 41
Points: Marian Gaborik | 76
+/-: Ryan McDonagh | +27
Hits: Ryan Callahan | 267
Blocks: Girardi, McDonagh | 182
PIM: Brandon Prust | 156
FO%: Brian Boyle | 51.9
TOI/G F: Ryan Callahan | 21:04
TOI/G D: Dan Girardi | 26:19



PROJECTED LINES:

Carl Hagelin | Brad Richards (A) | Marian Gaborik
Artem Anisimov | Derek Stepan | Ryan Callahan (C)
Brandon Dubinsky | Brian Boyle | Ruslan Fedotenko
Mike Rupp | John Mitchell | Brandon Prust

Ryan McDonagh | Dan Girardi
Marc Staal (A) | Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto | Stu Bickel

*Scratches: Scott, Woywitka



STARTING GOALIE:


Marty Biron

GPI: 20 | W: 12 | L: 5 | OT: 2 | SV% .906 | GAA: 2.38 | SO: 2


INJURIES / SUSPENSIONS / MISC:

Steve Eminger - DTD: Sprained ankle
Mats Zuccarello - IR: Fractured wrist
Michael Sauer - IR: Concussion







Heads Up: The GDT is work in progress.



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Biron likely to start.

Would really love to win this one, LGR!

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Happy it's not NBC exclusive

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I wish it were, honestly. MSG2 can **** right off.

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This is a must win.









for real though, I wanna beat these ****ers. Can Gabby FINALLY get a hatty?

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Biron is most likely starting and should, anyways.

Lets get the W.

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Might miss the beginning of this game.

Not expecting much. A win would obviously nice, but I couldnt give the slighest of ****s about tomorrow's game. Only reason I care about Saturday's game is because we could play spoiler and knock the Craps out.

Either way, LGR.

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Might miss the beginning of this game.

Not expecting much. A win would obviously nice, but I couldnt give the slighest of ****s about tomorrow's game. Only reason I care about Saturday's game is because we could play spoiler and knock the Craps out.

Either way, LGR.
If losing the last game to Washington causes them to win their division, I hope we tank.

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If losing the last game to Washington causes them to win their division, I hope we tank.
What's interesting is that heading into the game we could see a scenario of Buffalo at 92 with their game being played earlier in the day, Florida at 92 with their game to be played an hour later and the Caps at 90 facing us. They could win our game and either finish 3rd or play us or we could beat them and end their season and face Buffalo with no chance to play Florida.

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What's interesting is that heading into the game we could see a scenario of Buffalo at 92 with their game being played earlier in the day, Florida at 92 with their game to be played an hour later and the Caps at 90 facing us. They could win our game and either finish 3rd or play us or we could beat them and end their season and face Buffalo with no chance to play Florida.
I noticed that right after I made my post. If that happens, if the Rangers come out looking like they want to be the spoiler, they better win. I don't want to eventually face Washington, where they would remember that we tried to knock them out. That could pump them up.

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Lets go RANGERS! Even though it doesn't mean anything, its always nice to beat the Penguins

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For the first time in about 8 years I don't actually care about this game. It doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. However, beating the Pens is always nice

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I have no confidence in our defense being good enough against Pitt to cover up for Biron. We play worse defense than the Lightning against the Pens (yes I know they have given up 8 to them before, it's an exaggeration).

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Heres hoping to a good game and no "Penguins are the best team ever" posts again. Also, how far does MSG cover the Rangers into the play offs? Cause if it ain't Sam it ain't right IMO.

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Heres hoping to a good game and no "Penguins are the best team ever" posts again. Also, how far does MSG cover the Rangers into the play offs? Cause if it ain't Sam it ain't right IMO.
Only round 1 games this year (that aren't covered nationally by NBC on the weekends). From round 2 on, NBC and NBCSP have exclusive coverage.

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I have no confidence in our defense being good enough against Pitt to cover up for Biron. We play worse defense than the Lightning against the Pens (yes I know they have given up 8 to them before, it's an exaggeration).
The Islanders beat them in a head to head, Anything is possible.

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This game may mean little in context to the playoffs but beating the crap out of them would bring great satisfaction none the less.

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Just keep hitting Malkin. Even if you're down by 3, just keep hitting Malkin.

Make the meat soft and tender for the wolves on Saturday.

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A win would be nice to show a message!

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Have a feeling we won't be seeing Hank for this game. If that does turn out to be the case, I won't be expecting much. It'll probably be a bit of a letdown after clinching first, we're in Pitt, and they have more to play for than we do.

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Going there decked out in my division champs gear.....

Jk I wish. Lol.

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Nevermind that we clinched, it's the still the ****ing Penguins.

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