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#70 - 03.15.2012 | Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Rangers | 7:00 PM - NBCSN, MSG






THE MATCHUP
GAME #70
March 15th, 2012



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7:00 PM ET
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NEWS & NOTES





QUOTES TO NOTE

Again, it’s just getting back to the way we needed to play. It’s been our bread and butter all year.
Obviously, Richie’s hitting another level and Gabby and Hags is playing out of this world and we got some big stops from Marty.
- Brian Boyle


Hagsy made some good passes tonight, but when I started playing with him a few weeks ago, he probably wouldn't have made them, so you can tell he has this confidence.
He's seeing the ice. I think all three of us did tonight. He's making more plays now and that helps me, and it helps him get back open again to get the puck to the net.
- Brad Richards


Hagsy's developed. Kenny Gernander and those guys have done a good job down in Hartford. Like I told you, I wanted him here just for his speed.
I wanted him out of camp for speed and to bring another young guy into our team, but he wasn’t ready.
So it’s a credit to him and the people down in Hartford that I think taught him a little about positioning.
He still has a lot to learn there. He still has a lot to learn as far as the grind of the game also but he’s coming along fine.
- John Tortorella





PITTSBURGH PENGUINS





TEAM STATS / STANDINGS:

GP: 68 | W: 42 | L: 21 | OTL: 5 | Pts: 89 | GF: 219 | GA: 173 | PP%: 19.7 | PK%: 89.4 | FO%: 50.0
G/G: 3.09 | GA/G: 2.50 | HOME: 24-8-2 | AWAY: 18-13-3 | LAST 10: 9-1-0 | STREAK: W9

Division: 2nd | Conference: 4th | League: 5th



TEAM LEADERS:

Goals: Evgeni Malkin | 38
Assists: Evgeni Malkin | 46
Points: Evgeni Malkin | 84
+/-: Pascal Dupuis | +17
Hits: Brooks Orpik | 220
Blocks: Zbynek Michalek | 117
PIM: James Neal | 72
FO%: Joe Vitale | 55.5
TOI/G F: Evgeni Malkin | 21:14
TOI/G D: Kris Letang | 25:03



PROJECTED LINES:

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

Brooks Orpik | Zbynek Michalek
Kris Letang | Paul Martin
Deryk Engelland | Matt Niskanen

*Scratches: Lovejoy, Tangradi



STARTING GOALIE:


Marc-Andre Fleury

GPI: 57 | W: 37 | L: 14 | OT: 3 | SV% .917 | GAA: 2.26 | SO: 3


INJURIES / SUSPENSIONS / MISC:

Brent Johnson - DTD: Undisclosed injury






NEW YORK RANGERS





TEAM STATS / STANDINGS:

GP: 69 | W: 44 | L: 18 | OTL: 7 | Pts: 95 | GF: 192 | GA: 150 | PP%: 14.6 | PK%: 86.5 | FO%: 50.1
G/G: 2.74 | GA/G: 2.10 | HOME: 24-7-2 | AWAY: 20-11-5 | LAST 10: 6-3-1 | STREAK: W2

Division: 1st | Conference: 1st | League: 2nd



TEAM LEADERS:

Goals: Marian Gaborik | 34
Assists: Gaborik, Richards, Stepan | 30
Points: Marian Gaborik | 64
+/-: Michael Del Zotto | +24
Hits: Ryan Callahan | 228
Blocks: Ryan McDonagh | 166
PIM: Brandon Prust | 142
FO%: Brad Richards | 51.6
TOI/G F: Ryan Callahan | 20:46
TOI/G D: Dan Girardi | 26:34



PROJECTED LINES:

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

Ryan McDonagh | Dan Girardi
Marc Staal (A) | Stu Bickel
Steve Eminger | Anton Stralman

*Scratches: Scott, Woywitka



STARTING GOALIE:


Martin Biron

GPI: 19 | W: 12 | L: 4 | OT: 2 | SV% .910 | GAA: 2.23 | SO: 2


INJURIES / SUSPENSIONS / MISC:

Ryan Callahan - DTD: Sore foot
Michael Del Zotto - DTD: Sore hip
Michael Sauer - IR: Concussion







Heads Up: The GDT is a work in progress.



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This is a biggie. With all the Crosby hype surrounding it and the ramifications for the the standings I want this one bad.

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Win here and i'm confident we can win the President's Trophy.

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i am not looking forward to this one...not gunna lie

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Would be typical to see Crosby tear it up somehow... Just play him hard and make him think twice.

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3-2 win. Lundqvist with 40 saves.

Hagelin
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This is probably the biggest remaining game of the regular season.

Make a statement boys!

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My guess is DZ plays for Eminger. Cally already said he's unlikely to play, but you never know. If that's the case, I'd sit Mitchell for Cally. Zuke has played well enough to stay out there.

This is the biggest game of the season. It's gone from the games against Boston, to the games against Pittsburgh. Time for the team to prove itself again.

4-2 win

Gaborik
Stepan
Anisimov
DZ

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With the shaky defense we've had recently, facing Malkin, Staal and Crosby, etc etc is... well.. downright scary.

Will be watching, and hoping for a solid effort from the guys

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I bet Cally will have a hard time sitting this one out. Unless he can't skate whatsoever, I say he'll decide to give it a go.

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Another big game for us to win this season.

(can we make them wear Flyers uniforms?)

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Gonna feel good to chant "Crosby Sucks!" again.

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Watch for the refs to watch Sid's back tonight..

Hope it takes more than looking at his number to Get a boarding penalty..

I'm predicting a couple of fights tonight, they will try to protect him as best they can..

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This is a great learning opportunity. This game will likely represent what the pens will be like in the playoffs. Now is the time to figure out what works.

The win/loss is secondary to the bigger playoff picture IMHO.

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NBCSN has been promoting the **** out of this game. Last night, they talked more about it than about the Aves-Sabres game.

Get off to a fast start, shoot high on Fleury-that's where they had success last time Cindy played at the Garden. Michelin line needs a strong performance.

Who else is going? Tonight, I want the Potvin Sucks converted to Crosby Sucks.

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NBCSN has been promoting the **** out of this game. Last night, they talked more about it than about the Aves-Sabres game.

Get off to a fast start, shoot high on Fleury-that's where they had success last time Cindy played at the Garden. Michelin line needs a strong performance.

Who else is going? Tonight, I want the Potvin Sucks converted to Crosby Sucks.
Can you explain th Michelin thing to me? I'm too dumb to understand it

Also, me and my seat neighbor have been doing 'Crosby Sucks' all year

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Cindy lovefest incoming (NBC, NHL.com). Will be tough to win this one, 2 points would be awesome.

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Can you explain th Michelin thing to me? I'm too dumb to understand it

Also, me and my seat neighbor have been doing 'Crosby Sucks' all year
I'm not the one who thought of it, but it's a mixture of the names of the Hags-Richie-Gabby line.

M-Marian
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Oh boy, Hank needs to be in god mode and the defense needs to be relentless.

Please score more than 2.

Pumped for this game, winner tonight comes out on top of the East, imo.

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Can anyone answer this:

Was this game originally going to be on NBCSN? because those games usually start at 7:30. Or did they go out of their way to broadcast it anyway because Cindy's back? I feel like the next game we had on NBCSN was Monday vs the Debs, not this one.

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Can anyone answer this:

Was this game originally going to be on NBCSN? because those games usually start at 7:30. Or did they go out of their way to broadcast it anyway because Cindy's back? I feel like the next game we had on NBCSN was Monday vs the Debs, not this one.
It really looks like they added this game to the national networks (US/CAN) because of Sidney Crosby's comeback, but it was not scheduled to be.

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I am ****ing pumped for this game. I'm honestly glad Sid's back, he's a really fun player to watch and to be the best we gotta beat the best, which he is.

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It really looks like they added this game to the national networks (US/CAN) because of Sidney Crosby's comeback, but it was not scheduled to be.
They did. They did the same thing when he returned in November.

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