After riding an extended high that spanned the month of March, the Pittsburgh Penguins have come back down to Earth in April. Tonight, the Pens look to snap a two-game losing streak as they take on the New York Rangers on home ice.
The New York Rangers got the better of the Penguins just two nights ago, in a 6-1 victory at Madison Square Garden – perhaps the most forgettable game of the season for the Penguins.
So far, Pittsburgh has responded to back-to-back losses quite well this season.
After losing two-straight games from January 23-25 against Toronto and Winnipeg, the Penguins went 6-1 over their next seven games.
After dropping two straight to the New Jersey Devils from February 9-10, the Penguins won three-straight and five of six.
The Penguins won 15-straight games after falling in consecutive games to the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes from February 26-28.
“We might have a chance to play them in the first round. So, I think it’s important we send the right message to their team.”
NEWS AND NOTES
Jussi Jokinen will play his first game in a Penguins uniform tonight. In his career, Jussi has six points (4G, 2A) in 20 games against the New York Rangers.
The Penguins have won three straight home games against the Rangers.
After being one of the NHL’s worst offenses most of the season, New York has ten goals in its last two games.
After being the NHL’s best offense, the Penguins have struggled to score goals; notching just two goals in their last two games.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 of 27 shots that he faced in a 6-1 win over the Penguins on Wednesday
Marc-Andre Fleury gave up six goals on 39 shots in the 6-1 loss to the Rangers Wednesday night. Fleury is 11-2-0 with a 1.93 GAA and .924 SV% on home ice this season.
Mark Eaton missed the Penguins last game with an illness; finds himself on the top-pairing with Brooks Orpik tonight.
Marc Staal has missed 15 games with an injury is no traveling with the Rangers and is in Pittsburgh tonight. However, Staal is still not expected to play.
PROBABLE RANGERS LINES
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