Helllllooooooo everybody, tonight the Penguins (10-6-1) look to make it three wins in a row when they travel to Madison Square Garden to take on Artemi Panarin and the New York Rangers (7-6-2). Puck drop is later than usual, a 7:30pm start.
The Penguins are getting good at coming from behind (that's what she said), but seriously. Pittsburgh has now rattled off two come from behind wins in a row, coming all the way back from a 3-0 deficit last Thursday against the Isles and overcoming a 2-1 deficit Saturday night against the Hawks to win 3-2 in a shootout. Jared McCann scored in the second round of the shootout and Murray stoned Alex DeBrincat to give the Pens the extra point. There was some bad news to come out of the game though. Our Lord and Savior, Sidney Crosby appeared to suffer a lower-body injury early in the third period. He's 'continuing to be evaluated' and will miss tonight's game and Friday's against the Devils as well. That sucks, but it's nothing new for the Penguins. This just means Evgeni Malkin is going to hit the 'Russian Gas' and put up an unreal amount of points during Sid's absence.
Shifting our focus to the Rangers tonight: They are coming off a 6-5 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday and currently sit sixth in the Metrosexual Division with 16 points. For comparison, the Penguins have 21 points and currently hold the first wild card spot. One thing is for sure, the Rangers will find a way to not play Lundqvist tonight. Ever since he flipped the net back in 2016, he's had PTSD when it comes to playing the Penguins and I look for that to continue again. The Rangers are currently rebuilding but did manage to add star winger Artemi Panarin to the mix this offseason when he signed a seven-year, $81.5M contract. He currently leads the Rangers in points with 18 (8G, 10A).
As mentioned above, I'm sure the Rangers won't play Lundqvist so expect their backup, Alexandar Gorgiev to go and oppose Matt Murray.
With their shootout win Saturday, the Penguins snapped a 10-game losing streak they had against the Hawks dating all the way back to March 30, 2014. In that game, Brooks Orpik nailed Jonathan Toews to a cross.
As noted above, Sidney Crosby will miss tonight's game. Expect Jared McCann to center the top line.
The Penguins were 3-0-1 against the Rangers last year, winning both times at Madison Square Garden.
Rangers first-round pick, second overall, Kappo Kakko scored Saturday and now has 4 goals and 2 assists in 15 games this season.
Apparently Kris Letang is week-to-week. Same, same.
Pittsburgh catches a break and will not face Mika Zibanejad. He's on injured reserve with an upper-body injury but had 4 goals and 7 assists in the Rangers's first 9 games.
After further review, it looks like scumbag Marc Staal won't play either.
Bryan Rust enters tonight's game on a six-game point streak (5G,2A).
He also has scored goals in 4 straight games as well. That's really good.
Per the Penguins, they're 3-0 this season against Metrosexual Division opponents.
Also per the Penguins, including playoffs, goaltender Matt Murray is 9-0-1 against them throughout his career with a 2.18 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. Sure, he needs to smile more but that's quite impressive.