Gameday #2: New York RangersPosted: 20/01/2013
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS vs. New York Rangers
Madison Square Garden
Game Time: 7:00PM, Root Sports
One game in the books and although it feels great to get a conclusive victory over the Flyers, this is no time for rest. The Pens are right back at it, and no matter what you want to believe, the Rangers are a bigger threat to the Penguins this year than the Flyers are.
Unlike the Flyers who, delusionally, got rid of their second scoring line (and it showed yesterday), the Rangers are basically mortgaging some of their studly young defensemen for a deep playoff push THIS YEAR. And if we’re honest, they have a complete team: no fewer than three elite scorers, Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik, and now Rick Nash, some skilled checking forwards like Ryan Callahan and Brian Boyle, a full complement of big imposing defensemen, Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Michael Del Zotto, and company, and perhaps most important THE BEST goalie in the game today, Henrik Lundqvist.
The Rangers didn’t get off to a great start yesterday dropping their opener against Boston 3-1. And the New York media is already really tweaked about it. But their follow up will be back at home in the friendly confines of Madison Square Garden. The crowd will definitely be ready for war.
- According to the article above, the Rangers didn’t offer open practices or any kind of inter-squad scrimmage so this will literally be the first time the fans will get to celebrate hockey’s return.
- Unlike the Flyers, the Pens will have to square off against the Rangers 5 times, 3 of which will be on the road. As such Rangers games are going to be a little more essential to the Pens’ postseason aspirations than the Flyers games.
With that said today will be the debut of Tomas Vokoun in a Penguins jersey. Bylsma has basically indicated that Vokoun could see action in up to 20 games or almost every other start. Also, as per Josh Yohe, Joe Vitale will play in place of Dustin Jeffrey today. We thought DJ looked good yesterday so this has probably been planned from the outset.
Keep Rollin’. Go Pens.