Ya boys come in on a one-game winning streak, albeit a win in one of those gimmicky things they sometimes hold after the hockey portion of the evening is over. They are 1-3-1 on the nine-game homestand so far.
Dylan McIlrath comes out of the lineup tonight as Alain Vigneault goes back to the more standard 12 forwards, six defensemen lineup. Arron Asham, the ex-Penguin (and ex-pretty-much everything) replaced McIlrath in the lineup. Taylor Pyatt is prucha’d with McIlrath.
Henrik Lundqvist starts in goal again, his 538th game, tying Eddie Giacomin for third on the franchise list. Marc Staal (concussion) and Ryan Callahan (knee) remain out indefinitely.
A nice side story is Rangers assistant Ulf Samuelsson, a former Ranger and former Penguin, coaching against his son Philip, who made his NHL debut for Pittsburgh last night.
The Penguins come in on a four-game winning streak, and with nine wins in their last 10 games. But they are missing some key players. Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Brooks Orpik, Paul Martin, Rob Scuderi, Tomas Vokoun, Beau Bennett and Tanner Glass (all injured) plus James Neal and Deryk Engelland (both suspended), are missing tonight.
Have no fear, though, because Sidney Crosby is playing, which means the usual NBC Sports love-fest, plus all the rivalry-night b.s. going back to Adam Graves and Mario Lemieux, etc., and John Tortorella calling the Penguins an arrogant organization. Again.
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