Pittsburgh Penguins Will Face New York Rangers in Second Round of 2014 Playoffs

Photo Credit: Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

Photo Credit: Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

After defeating the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 of the first round of the NHL playoffs, the New York Rangers will now have to face the Pittsburgh Penguins, who defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in 6 games. Believe it or not, this is the first time these teams have met in the postseason since the 2007-08 season. The Penguins won that series in 5 games. However, times have changed and both teams are much different than they were back then. The Penguins and Rangers split their season series this year (Four games). Two of the games went to a shootout. Let’s take a quick look at the games played between these two teams this season:

SEASON SERIES

November 6, 2013: PIT 1 NYR 5

December 18, 2013: PIT 4 NYR 3 (SO)

January 3, 2014: NYR 2 PIT 5

February 7, 2014: NYR 4 PIT 3 (SO)

KEY PLAYERS

Pittsburgh

Sidney Crosby: 1 goal and 5 assists in 4 games this season vs. New York

Evgeni Malkin: 1 goal and 1 assist in 2 games this season vs. New York

James Neal: 1 goals and 2 assists in 2 games this season vs. New York

Chris Kunitz: 3 goals and 3 assists in 4 games this season vs. New York

Marc-Andre Fleury: 2-1-1 record, 3.12 goals-against average and .902 save-percentage in 4 games this season vs. New York

New York

Mats Zuccarello: 2 goals and 4 assists in 4 games this season vs. Pittsburgh

Martin St. Louis: 2 assists in 2 games this season vs. Pittsburgh

Brad Richards: 4 assists in 4 games this season vs. Pittsburgh

Rick Nash: 0 points in 3 games this season vs. Pittsburgh

Ryan McDonagh: 2 goals in 4 games this season vs. Pittsburgh

Derick Brassard: 2 goals and 2 assists in 4 games this season vs. Pittsburgh

Henrik Lundqvist: 2-1-1 record, 2.88 goals-against average and .898 save-percentage in 4 games this season vs. Pittsburgh

 

The Rangers outscored the Penguins 14-13 in 4 games this season. Stay tuned for more playoff previews!