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NHL : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 4/3/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



PITTSBURGH (28-9-0-0, 56 pts.) at NY RANGERS (17-15-0-3, 37 pts.)
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Wednesday, 4/3/2013 7:35 PM
Board OpeningLatest
3PITTSBURGH-110Ov 5,-130-110Ov 5,-130
4NY RANGERS-110Un 5,+110-110Un 5,+110
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games28-9-0+12.528-9+12.517-193.430.22.428.4
Team Stats (Road Games)13-4-0+7.613-4+7.69-73.730.42.830.8
Last 5 Games4-1-0+1.44-1+1.40-
vs. Division11-4-0+4.411-4+4.46-83.428.92.128.2
PITTSBURGH Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)37124393546410111611.1%1273023.6%207
Team Stats (Road Games)17632218203851712.2%621422.6%101
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)510333101506.7%11218.2%19
Team Stats (vs. Division)15511511241443411.8%561526.8%88
Stats Against (All Games) 882243230210518.4%1312418.3%157
Stats Against (Road Games) 48122115025249.2%711419.7%89
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 5230001493.4%1616.2%8
Stats Against (vs. Division) 3110129004237.3%571017.5%54
PITTSBURGH - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)252462457492.0%119-5+1019-5-0+1010-14
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Road Games)111029527091.5%08-2+5.68-2-0+64-6
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (vs. Division)8819117591.6%16-2+36-2-0+33-5
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)44989698.0%03-1+0.43-1-000-4
BRAD THIESSEN (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
BRAD THIESSEN (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
BRAD THIESSEN (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)171342538991.5%29-4+2.69-4-0+27-5
TOMAS VOKOUN (Road Games)8722720690.7%05-2+25-2-0+25-1
TOMAS VOKOUN (vs. Division)9723221793.5%15-2+1.55-2-0+13-3
TOMAS VOKOUN (Last 4 Games)42807695.0%22-0+22-0-0+20-2

NY RANGERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games17-18-0-717-18-710-192.330.62.528.5
Team Stats (Home Games)11-8-0-1.711-8-1.78-82.833.32.427.5
Last 5 Games2-3-0-1.82-3-1.82-
vs. Division6-6-0-16-6-14-72.327.62.529.5
NY RANGERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)35822422315510707.7%1051514.3%130
Team Stats (Home Games)1954191220346328.5%601016.7%87
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)511434001567.1%11218.2%20
Team Stats (vs. Division)122811610113318.5%39820.5%44
Stats Against (All Games) 86302726389988.6%1162219.0%145
Stats Against (Home Games) 46181412255238.8%691115.9%74
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 13633121419.2%13430.8%22
Stats Against (vs. Division) 301289123548.5%411126.8%51
NY RANGERS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARTIN BIRON (All Games)6615614391.7%22-4-2.62-4-0-32-3
MARTIN BIRON (Home Games)22514792.2%00-2-2.70-2-0-32-0
MARTIN BIRON (vs. Division)22514792.2%00-2-2.70-2-0-32-0
MARTIN BIRON (Last 4 Games)441049490.4%21-3-2.61-3-0-31-2
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (All Games)302983777292.2%215-14-4.315-14-0-58-16
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Home Games)181746943292.1%011-6+111-6-006-8
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (vs. Division)111030227892.1%16-4+1.66-4-0+22-7
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Last 4 Games)4411410693.0%12-2-0.82-2-0-12-1
Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 2.99,  NY RANGERS 3.16
3/7/2013at PHILADELPHIA5-4W0, -135W6.5 unO
3/9/2013at TORONTO5-4W0, -140W6 unO
3/10/2013NY ISLANDERS6-1W0, -170W6 unO
3/12/2013BOSTON3-2W0, -130W5.5 ovU
3/14/2013at TORONTO3-1W0, -140W6 ovU
3/16/2013NY RANGERS3-0W0, -165W5.5 unU
3/17/2013BOSTON2-1W0, -135W5.5 unU
3/19/2013WASHINGTON2-1W0, -215W6 unU
3/22/2013at NY ISLANDERS4-2W0, -165W6 unP
3/24/2013PHILADELPHIA2-1W0, -200W6 ovU
3/26/2013MONTREAL1-0W0, -155W5.5 evU
3/28/2013WINNIPEG4-0W0, -200W5.5 ovU
3/30/2013NY ISLANDERS2-0W0, -230W6 unU
4/2/2013BUFFALO1-4L0, -260L5.5 unU
4/3/2013at NY RANGERS 
4/5/2013NY RANGERS 
4/9/2013at CAROLINA 
4/11/2013at TAMPA BAY 
4/13/2013at FLORIDA 

NY RANGERS - Schedule
3/7/2013at NY ISLANDERS2-1W0, -110W5.5 unU
3/8/2013OTTAWA2-3L0, -165L5 evP
3/10/2013at WASHINGTON4-1W0, -115W5 ovP
3/12/2013at BUFFALO1-3L0, -155L5 ovU
3/14/2013at WINNIPEG1-3L0, -110L5 ovU
3/16/2013at PITTSBURGH0-3L0, +145L5.5 unU
3/18/2013CAROLINA2-1W0, -155W5.5 unU
3/19/2013at NEW JERSEY3-2W0, +100W5 unP
3/21/2013FLORIDA1-3L0, -245L5 ovU
3/24/2013WASHINGTON2-3L0, -155L5 ovP
3/26/2013at PHILADELPHIA5-2W0, +100W5 ovO
3/28/2013at OTTAWA0-3L0, -120L5 unU
3/30/2013at MONTREAL0-3L0, +145L5 ovU
4/1/2013WINNIPEG4-2W0, -155W5 evO
4/5/2013at PITTSBURGH 
4/6/2013at CAROLINA 
4/8/2013at TORONTO 
4/13/2013at NY ISLANDERS 

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.


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* ==========================


Pittsburgh (28-8-0) at New York (17-15-3), 7:30 p.m. EDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins made a pair of major trades to bolster their attempt at a run for the Stanley Cup.

The New York Rangers are hoping their move can help them reach the playoffs.

While the recent acquisitions were unable to keep the Penguins' staggering winning streak intact, they'll try to continue another Wednesday night when they open a home-and-home set by visiting the Rangers, who may have Ryane Clowe available.

Pittsburgh (28-9-0) reeled off 15 victories in a row before falling 4-1 at home to Buffalo on Tuesday. It was also the Penguins' first game without Sidney Crosby, who was lost indefinitely to a broken jaw in Saturday's 2-0 win over the New York Islanders.

"It's a tough feeling; you just want to keep that (streak) going," said Jarome Iginla, who scored his first goal with the Penguins. "But at the same time it's very impressive to see what this group accomplished."

Pittsburgh, which is atop the Eastern Conference, seemed to improve its status as Stanley Cup favorites by acquiring Iginla from Calgary and Dallas' Brenden Morrow last week.

New York's postseason prospects aren't nearly that definite. The Rangers (17-15-3) are ninth in the conference, two points behind the Islanders and New Jersey for the last two playoff positions.

They're hoping Clowe can provide an edge.

With Wednesday's trade deadline looming, New York acquired the rugged left wing from San Jose on Tuesday in exchange for three draft picks. Clowe has 101 career goals and 170 assists in eight seasons with the Sharks, but has only 11 assists this year. However, his leadership qualities and playoff experience were key motivators behind the deal.

"He is a unique combination of size, skill and toughness," Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said. "His strong leadership and character make him a tremendous addition to our organization on and off the ice."

Coach John Tortorella is more concerned with what happens on the ice.

"I don't give a damn about a deadline or anything else, except trying to win," he said. "It's pretty simple as far as the coaches and players that are here right now.

"We just want to win. We as a group just want to win. Nothing else is being talked about or discussed; we just want to win."

The Rangers did that Monday, beating Southeast Division-leading Winnipeg 4-2 after being shut out in their previous two games.

Making it two wins in a row could be difficult given their history with Pittsburgh. The Penguins have won the last seven matchups by a combined 28-8.

Iginla seems ready to add to Pittsburgh's dominance in the series with 12 goals and five assists over his last 12 games against New York.

The Penguins have won each of the last two meeting by 3-0 scores, including the most recent visit to Madison Square Garden on Jan. 31 when Evgeni Malkin had one goal and one assist. The center has six of each over the last six games with New York.

Marc-Andre Fleury also thrives against the Rangers, winning five straight starts behind a 1.00 goals-against average and two shutouts after making all 23 saves at home March 16. He may be back in net again after stopping all 16 shots he faced Tuesday after Tomas Vokoun was pulled early in the second period for surrendering four goals on 13 attempts.

Ryan Callahan has five goals and two assists in his past five home meetings with the Penguins, but missed the latest one due to a shoulder injury. The captain gave the Rangers a major lift Monday, scoring a short-handed goal while adding three assists.

Last Updated: 6/22/2018 4:06:11 PM EST

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