Believe it or not, a game involving the New York Rangers is actually going to give the national hockey audience a break from awful hockey. On Tuesday night, the game that was aired on NBC Sports Network was Hurricanes/Flyers. And yes, it was as bad as it sounded. But it ended in a way that resulted in a lot of picture of stunned Flyers fans on Twitter so it was worth it.
The only team worth anything in the Metropolitan division in the Penguins and they will be looking to continue their recent dominance of the Rangers. The division leading Pens have won eight of their last nine match-ups in this series. They also come into the game on a four game winning streak including a shutout win against the Blue Jackets on Saturday to give Jeff Zatkoff his first NHL win. He was the first Penguin goalie ever to record a shutout as his first win.
Marc-Andre Fleury will be back in the cage on Wednesday. He’s 10-2 on the season and his putting up some of the best numbers of his career. Henrik Lundqvist will likely be in goal for the Rangers. He started a 2-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.
Offensively, Chris Kunitz is one of the hotter players on the roster. He has scored in each of his last four games and now is tied for the team league in goals with the league’s leading scorer, Sidney Crosby.
While the Penguins are one of the more unstoppable offenses in the league, the Rangers possess one of the more inept. The Rangers are averaging less than two goals per game this season which is a bad sign for them because they haven’t had much luck scoring against the Penguins to begin with. Ryan Callahan returned to the lineup on Monday to add a little bit of punch but Rick Nash remains out with a concussion.
The Penguins come into the game with a 10 point lead on the Rangers in the standings and a six point lead on the second place Washington Capitals.