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NHL : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 12/18/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



PITTSBURGH (24-10-0-1, 49 pts.) at NY RANGERS (16-17-0-1, 33 pts.)
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Wednesday, 12/18/2013 8:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
3PITTSBURGH-120Ov 5,-120+100Ov 5,-120
4NY RANGERS+100Un 5,+100-120Un 5,+100
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games24-11-0+7.624-11+7.612-
Team Stats (Road Games)9-8-0-1.19-8-1.15-92.830.22.425.1
Last 5 Games4-1-0+34-1+30-32.827.81.629.6
vs. Division11-4-0+3.611-4+3.65-82.931.11.927.1
PITTSBURGH Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)3510831353937108310.0%1173126.5%188
Team Stats (Road Games)1748131618135139.4%601626.7%82
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5148240113910.1%15426.7%25
Team Stats (vs. Division)1544131614124679.4%521121.2%78
Stats Against (All Games) 75202826129408.0%1031312.6%122
Stats Against (Road Games) 41141115124279.6%59915.3%64
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 8233001485.4%1715.9%15
Stats Against (vs. Division) 298129014067.1%4349.3%48
PITTSBURGH - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)292974769192.5%120-9+7.420-9-0+98-16
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Road Games)131330727689.9%06-7-2.66-7-0-13-7
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (vs. Division)121232630593.6%19-3+3.79-3-0+53-7
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)4411911294.1%03-1+23-1-0+20-2
TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TOMAS VOKOUN (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TOMAS VOKOUN (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JEFF ZATKOFF (All Games)7619117491.1%04-2+0.34-2-004-2
JEFF ZATKOFF (Road Games)4411811093.2%03-1+1.43-1-0+12-2
JEFF ZATKOFF (vs. Division)33797291.1%02-1-0.12-1-002-1
JEFF ZATKOFF (Last 4 Games)4311711094.0%03-0+33-0-0+32-1

NY RANGERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games16-18-0-5.416-18-5.413-
Team Stats (Home Games)6-10-0-9.16-10-9.18-52.432.82.627.9
Last 5 Games1-4-0-5.91-4-5.93-
vs. Division5-6-0-2.95-6-2.95-32.530.42.527.1
NY RANGERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)34762226262310517.2%1122017.9%132
Team Stats (Home Games)1638111511115257.2%55712.7%68
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)511334111507.3%1516.7%18
Team Stats (vs. Division)112881010013348.4%36513.9%50
Stats Against (All Games) 91253728129819.3%1061514.2%150
Stats Against (Home Games) 41101614124469.2%47714.9%68
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 197471113414.2%14214.3%28
Stats Against (vs. Division) 277136102989.1%36411.1%40
NY RANGERS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARTIN BIRON (All Games)22382976.3%00-2-20-2-0-22-0
MARTIN BIRON (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MARTIN BIRON (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MARTIN BIRON (Last 4 Games)22382976.3%00-2-20-2-0-22-0
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (All Games)262370063690.9%310-13-6.410-13-0-77-9
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Home Games)141336433291.2%15-8-6.65-8-0-75-5
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (vs. Division)8719917989.9%13-4-2.93-4-0-43-2
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Last 4 Games)44958286.3%01-3-3.81-3-0-52-0
CAMERON TALBOT (All Games)10924122593.4%06-3+36-3-0+24-3
CAMERON TALBOT (Home Games)33807391.2%01-2-2.41-2-0-33-0
CAMERON TALBOT (vs. Division)44999292.9%02-2+0.12-2-0-12-1
CAMERON TALBOT (Last 4 Games)42837590.4%01-1-0.81-1-0-12-0
Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 2.98,  NY RANGERS 3.18
11/22/2013NY ISLANDERS4-3W0, -215W5.5 ovO
11/23/2013at MONTREAL2-3L0, -120L5 ovP
11/25/2013at BOSTON3-4L0, -105L5 evO
11/27/2013TORONTO6-5W0, -210W5.5 unO
11/29/2013at TAMPA BAY3-0W0, -140W5.5 unU
11/30/2013at FLORIDA5-1W0, -145W5.5 unO
12/3/2013at NY ISLANDERS3-2W0, -170W5.5 ovU
12/5/2013SAN JOSE5-1W0, -105W5.5 unO
12/7/2013at BOSTON2-3L0, +110L5 ovP
12/9/2013COLUMBUS2-1W0, -205W5.5 unU
12/13/2013NEW JERSEY3-2W0, -190W5 evP
12/14/2013at DETROIT4-1W0, +105W5.5 unU
12/16/2013TORONTO3-1W0, -145W5.5 unU
12/18/2013at NY RANGERS 
12/23/2013at OTTAWA 
12/27/2013at CAROLINA 
12/29/2013at COLUMBUS 

NY RANGERS - Schedule
11/21/2013at DALLAS3-2W0, -120W5 ovP
11/23/2013at NASHVILLE2-0W0, -120W5 ovU
11/25/2013at TAMPA BAY0-5L0, -135L5 unP
11/27/2013at FLORIDA5-2W0, -145W5 unO
11/29/2013at BOSTON2-3L0, +120L5 unP
11/30/2013VANCOUVER5-2W0, +105W5 evO
12/2/2013WINNIPEG2-5L0, -190L5 evO
12/5/2013at BUFFALO3-1W0, -165W5 unU
12/7/2013NEW JERSEY3-4L0, -205L5 unO
12/8/2013WASHINGTON1-4L0, -165L5 ovP
12/10/2013NASHVILLE1-4L0, -160L5 unP
12/12/2013COLUMBUS2-4L0, -160L5 unO
12/15/2013CALGARY4-3W0, -180W5 ovO
12/20/2013NY ISLANDERS 
12/27/2013at WASHINGTON 
12/29/2013at TAMPA BAY 
PITTSBURGH: PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't panic when the bitter disappointment of last spring's sweep at the hands of the Boston Bruins wore off.
If anything, the Penguins went the other way. While other NHL powers underwent substantial roster overhauls, Pittsburgh did what it could to keep the core of one of the league's most consistent winners in tack.
The Penguins awarded coach Dan Bylsma with a contract extension shortly after getting swept by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals. Pittsburgh also reached agreements with former league MVP Evgeni Malkin and Norris Trophy finalist Kris Letang.
Penguins star Sidney Crosby says the Penguins don't need to change their approach to be a threat to win their second Stanley Cup in five years.
Pittsburgh opens the season Oct. 3 against New Jersey.
NY RANGERS: NEW YORK (AP) - The message from the New York Rangers bench might not be any different than in years past. The tone in which it is delivered most likely will be.
Whether the softer approach new coach Alain Vigneault offers in comparison to the barking tones of deposed bench boss John Tortorella is what the Rangers need remains to be seen.
Despite getting the club to the Eastern Conference semifinals last season, Tortorella was somewhat surprisingly let go by general manager Glen Sather and replaced by the gentler-on-the-outside Vigneault, who was dismissed as coach of the Canucks after Vancouver was swept in the first round of the playoffs by San Jose.
In an added twist, Tortorella got Vigneault's old job in Vancouver, while Vigneault took over for him in New York.
The Rangers open at Phoenix on Oct. 3.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (PITTSBURGH-NY RANGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Penguins-Rangers Preview* ==========================


Pittsburgh (24-10-1) at New York (16-17-1), 8:00 p.m. EDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins' injury list seems to be growing by the game, but thanks to Sidney Crosby and some newfound depth, their winning ways are continuing.

The New York Rangers, meanwhile, are quite relieved their losing streak isn't.

The Penguins try to win a fifth straight game for the second time in three weeks Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, where the Rangers can finally say they've recorded a victory on their team-record homestand.

Pittsburgh's top four defensemen - Kris Letang, Brooks Orpik, Paul Martin and Rob Scuderi - are currently injured, and Deryk Engelland may be facing a suspension after delivering a hit to the head of Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader on Saturday.

Add in long-term injuries to forwards Beau Bennett, Tanner Glass and Andrew Ebbett, the suspension of James Neal - Wednesday is the last of his five games - and a lower-body injury that's kept star Evgeni Malkin out three of the past six contests - and it's clear the Penguins (24-10-1) have had to dig for some depth.

They found some Monday against Toronto, with defenseman Brian Dumoulin assisting on Chris Conner's first period goal in his second NHL game. Rookie Philip Samuelsson - son of Rangers assistant Ulf - made his NHL debut, fellow rookie Olli Maatta was, according to coach Dan Bylsma, "our best defenseman tonight," and veteran Matt Niskanen played 26 minutes for the third time in five games.

Having Crosby healthy doesn't hurt, either. Pittsburgh's captain broke a 1-all tie in the third period of the 3-1 win, the Penguins' ninth in 10 games.

"We keep finding ways," said Crosby, who has six goals and five assists during an 11-game point streak. "A lot has to do with the way the (new guys) are playing."

Pittsburgh has trailed for a total of 3 minutes, 12 seconds in its last six games, a feeling that must be foreign to the Rangers (16-17-1). New York has gone four-plus games - a total of 264 minutes, 2 seconds - without playing with a lead, though it snapped a four-game slide with Sunday's 4-3 shootout win over Calgary.

The Rangers are 1-3-1 on their nine-game homestand.

"It's a big win for us," goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said after snapping a personal seven-game home losing streak. "Right now, you have to look at it as taking baby steps in improving and start winning. You can't turn this around right away.

"You start with one period, then two periods, then a game. Then you start feeling good about yourself."

Lundqvist, who will start Wednesday, has felt quite good against the Penguins of late after ending a personal five-game losing streak in the series. He's 2-0-1 with a 0.97 goals-against average in his last three starts versus Pittsburgh, and made 28 stops in New York's 5-1 home win Nov. 6.

Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 11 goals on 64 shots in his last two trips to the Garden, but he's been outstanding overall of late. Fleury has a 1.42 GAA and .952 save percentage in his past seven starts.

Crosby, on the other hand, has endured a bit of a drought against the Rangers. He's failed to record a point in his last two and he's played 11 straight versus New York without scoring a goal despite tallying 11 assists.

The Rangers, who continue to play without captain Ryan Callahan (MCL) and defenseman Marc Staal (concussion), may have a source of offense Wednesday in Derick Brassard. The second-line center has just five goals and is a team-worst minus-10, but he has two goals and three assists in the Penguins' last two visits to MSG.

Last Updated: 6/19/2018 5:48:34 AM EST

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