Rangers at Penguins.
Well, the NHL’s Olympic-break roster freeze came and went, so Ryan Callahan will be a Ranger when he returns from Sochi. Then Glen Sather will have about nine days to trade him (March 5 trade deadline), sign him, or risk losing him for nothing July 1.
Sather will also try to tie up Dan Girardi and probably Anton Stralman before the deadline.
So there’s that.
Ya boys hit the Olympic break after tonight, with seven players headed to Sochi: Callahan, Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh (USA), Henrik Lundqvist and Carl Hagelin (Sweden), Rick Nash (Canada) and Mats Zuccarello (Norway).
The Rangers lost a four-game winning streak Thursday, a late 2-1 loss to Edmonton at MSG. They are 1-1-1 vs. the Penguins this season (tonight being the final meeting), and the Penguins have won six of eight meetings over the last two seasons, though the Rangers got losers’ points in two of those games.
TheRangers have won five in a row on the road, since being whupped in Pittsburgh Jan. 3, and 15 of their last 19 on the road.
The Penguins have won four of five, including Wednesday’s game in Buffalo where it appeared Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were looking to make a statement against USA goalie Ryan Miller. If so, message received.
In case you missed the big news today, Pittsburgh D-man Kris Letang is out a minimum of six weeks after suffering a stroke last week.
Lundqvist starts in goal against Marc-Andre Fleury.
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