|1||PITTSBURGH||+105||Ov 5.5,-105||+100||Ov 5.5,+105|
|2||NY RANGERS||-125||Un 5.5,-115||-120||Un 5.5,-125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3-1-0||+1.6||3-1||+1.6||2-2||3.2||33.7||2.2||31.2|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-3.4||2-3||-3.4||3-2||2.6||35.2||3.4||29.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||6||16||9||2||4||1||3||203||7.9%||22||5||22.7%||22|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||4||13||8||1||3||1||3||135||9.6%||14||4||28.6%||17|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||7||2||3||1||2||176||7.4%||19||3||15.8%||18|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||3||10||5||1||4||0||2||104||9.6%||11||4||36.4%||15|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||18||2||11||5||0||1||173||10.4%||23||5||21.7%||29|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||9||1||5||3||0||1||125||7.2%||13||2||15.4%||15|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||2||10||5||0||1||146||11.6%||18||5||27.8%||27|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||8||2||4||2||0||0||85||9.4%||11||3||27.3%||13|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)||4||4||100||89||89.0%||0||2-2||-2||2-2-0||-2||1-3|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Road Games)||2||2||59||57||96.6%||0||2-0||+2||2-0-0||+2||0-2|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (vs. Division)||2||2||44||39||88.6%||0||1-1||-1||1-1-0||-1||0-2|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||100||89||89.0%||0||2-2||-2||2-2-0||-2||1-3|
|BRAD THIESSEN (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BRAD THIESSEN (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BRAD THIESSEN (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)||3||2||72||66||91.7%||0||1-1||-0.4||1-1-0||0||2-0|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Road Games)||2||2||65||59||90.8%||0||1-1||-0.4||1-1-0||0||2-0|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (vs. Division)||2||1||41||38||92.7%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Last 4 Games)||3||2||72||66||91.7%||0||1-1||-0.4||1-1-0||0||2-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3-1-0||+1.8||3-1||+1.8||3-1||3.5||34.2||3.0||28.0|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.8||3-2||+0.8||3-2||3.0||31.2||2.8||29.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||6||16||4||4||7||1||1||177||9.0%||24||3||12.5%||26|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||4||14||4||3||6||1||1||137||10.2%||15||2||13.3%||23|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||4||3||7||1||1||156||9.6%||19||3||15.8%||24|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||3||6||2||1||3||0||0||81||7.4%||10||3||30.0%||9|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||17||6||6||5||0||1||179||9.5%||30||6||20.0%||28|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||12||5||3||4||0||1||112||10.7%||20||5||25.0%||20|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||5||5||4||0||1||145||9.7%||23||6||26.1%||24|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||9||3||3||3||0||1||99||9.1%||14||4||28.6%||15|
|MARTIN BIRON (All Games)||1||1||20||19||95.0%||0||0-1||-1.2||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|MARTIN BIRON (Home Games)||1||1||20||19||95.0%||0||0-1||-1.2||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|MARTIN BIRON (vs. Division)||1||1||20||19||95.0%||0||0-1||-1.2||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|MARTIN BIRON (Last 4 Games)||1||1||20||19||95.0%||0||0-1||-1.2||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (All Games)||6||5||158||143||90.5%||0||3-2||+0.9||3-2-0||+1||2-3|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Home Games)||4||3||91||81||89.0%||0||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||2-1|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (vs. Division)||3||2||78||71||91.0%||0||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Last 4 Games)||4||4||106||98||92.5%||0||3-1||+1.9||3-1-0||+2||2-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 2.98, NY RANGERS 3.22|
|1/19/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||3-1||W||0, -125||W||6 ov||U|
|1/20/2013||at NY RANGERS||6-3||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/23/2013||TORONTO||2-5||L||0, -200||L||6 un||O|
|1/25/2013||at WINNIPEG||2-4||L||0, -140||L||5.5 ov||O|
|1/27/2013||at OTTAWA||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5.5 ov||U|
|1/29/2013||NY ISLANDERS||1-4||L||0, -200||L||5.5 ov||U|
|1/31/2013||at NY RANGERS|| |
|2/2/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|2/3/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|2/5/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|2/9/2013||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|2/10/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|1/19/2013||at BOSTON||1-3||L||0, +120||L||5 ov||U|
|1/20/2013||PITTSBURGH||3-6||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/23/2013||BOSTON||4-3||W||0, -125||W||5 ov||O|
|1/24/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||1-2||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/26/2013||TORONTO||5-2||W||0, -185||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/29/2013||PHILADELPHIA||2-1||W||0, -165||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/2/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|2/5/2013||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|2/7/2013||NY ISLANDERS|| |
|2/10/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
LAST SEASON: 51-25-6, 108 points. Lost to Philadelphia 4-2 in first round.
COACH: Dan Bylsma, 5th season with Penguins, 165-81-25.
ADDED: C Brandon Sutter, G Tomas Vokoun, LW Tanner Glass.
LOST: C Jordan Staal, RW Steve Sullivan, G Brent Johnson, RW Arron Asham, D Zbynek Michalek.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Sidney Crosby. The 25-year-old superstar appears to be fully recovered from concussion-like symptoms that limited him to just 22 games last season. He should be back in his comfort zone with linemates Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz along for the ride. If healthy, he's the game's greatest playmaker.
OUTLOOK: With Crosby and reigning league MVP Evgeni Malkin in their primes, anything less than a Stanley Cup will be considered a disappointment.
|NY RANGERS: |
LAST SEASON: 51-24-7, 109 points. Lost to New Jersey 4-2 in Eastern Conference finals.
COACH: John Tortorella, 6th season with Rangers, 145-100-26; 14th overall, 384-322-100 in NHL.
ADDED: LW Rick Nash, RW Arron Asham, C Micheal Haley, LW Taylor Pyatt, C Jeff Halpern.
LOST: C Artem Anisimov, C Brandon Dubinsky, D Tim Erixon, C John Mitchell, RW Brandon Prust, G Chad Johnson, D Jeff Woywitka, D John Scott, LW Ruslan Fedotenko.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Nash. The big power forward has finally emerged from relative obscurity and landed on the big stage. The 28-year-old Nash, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft by Columbus, played in only four playoff games in nine seasons with the Blue Jackets. His size and scoring ability will both be major factors for the Rangers' offense, which now boasts three premier forwards in Nash, Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards.
OUTLOOK: With reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist in net, and Nash teaming up with Gaborik and Richards up front, the Rangers have every reason to believe they can again top the Eastern Conference in the regular season and carry that through the playoffs, as well.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (PITTSBURGH-NY RANGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Penguins-Rangers Preview* ==========================
By TOM CASTRO STATS Senior Editor
Pittsburgh (3-3-0) at New York (3-3-0), 7:00 p.m. EDT
The New York Rangers appear to be back on track after a poor start to the season. The opposite has been true for the Pittsburgh Penguins, whose sudden dropoff after a solid opening has them searching for answers.
The Rangers, though, will try to begin making do without captain Ryan Callahan as they look to stop a pair of losing streaks against Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
New York (3-3-0) won for the third time in four games Tuesday, holding off Philadelphia 2-1 to improve to 2-0 on its three-game homestand. Despite some more of the sloppy play that has hindered them in the early going - the club took three consecutive penalties in the third period - the Rangers got goals from Michael Del Zotto and Callahan while Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves.
The victory proved to be somewhat bittersweet, however, as Callahan skated off with his left arm dangling after a third-period scrum with Max Talbot, who dragged him to the ice. He suffered a shoulder subluxation that will keep him out 10-14 days, though New York has to be happy that he avoided a major injury.
"Cally does everything so well - the little plays, especially blocking shots," said Del Zotto, who also assisted on Callahan's power-play tally. "The guys did a good job of gathering ourselves after he went off with that injury."
Despite their surge, coach John Tortorella thinks the Rangers have a long way to go.
"No," he said when asked if his team was finding its game. "We have a lot more work to do."
However, they've certainly progressed since a 6-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Jan. 20 that dropped them to 0-2. James Neal scored twice and Evgeni Malkin had three assists in the Penguins' second victory in as many games to open 2012-13.
Pittsburgh (3-3-0) has won five straight in the series, outscoring New York 22-8, and taken three in a row at Madison Square Garden.
The Penguins, however, have been struggling since that win, getting outscored 14-7 in dropping three of four and looking listless again in a 4-1 home loss to the Islanders on Tuesday.
Marc-Andre Fleury was pulled after the second period and Pittsburgh gave it away 11 times, with two of the turnovers leading to New York goals. The Islanders had lost in 13 of the last 14 road games in the series.
"I'm not sure if we're pressing early, and then it doesn't happen and you get away from things," center Sidney Crosby said. "As you see tonight, we get a couple bad bounces, ended up down early and seems like we let that frustration kind of get to us."
The frustration appears to be extending to the power play. Since going 4 for 8 in the first two games, the Penguins are 1 for 14.
"We definitely deflated ourselves with the power play," Neal said Tuesday. "But we've just got to have a better effort all over the ice, 5-on-5 and we just didn't have it tonight."
Lundqvist was chased in the second period Jan. 20 after giving up four goals on 18 shots and has lost three straight starts to Pittsburgh with a 3.68 goals-against average. However, he's gone 3-1-0 with a 2.01 GAA in the last four games.
Malkin has five goals and five assists during the Penguins' five-game run versus the Rangers, while Neal has two goals and four assists in his last four in the series.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 6:25:00 PM EST|