National Hockey League action on Tuesday evening and a pair of teams from the Metro Division will square off as the Pittsburgh Penguins grapple with the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Penguins took three of the four meetings between these teams a year ago. Pittsburgh enters this game at 10-7 on the year while the Rangers check in at 7-8 so far.
Pens Survive Scare From BlackhawksThe Pittsburgh Penguins will be chasing after a Stanley Cup Title this year while the Chicago Blackhawks will be challenging for the pick in next year's NHL Draft. The Penguins faced the Blackhawks at home in their last game and they needed the shootout period to bet them 3-2. It would have been a bad loss as the Pens were favorites of -220 in the contest. Scoring the deciding goal in the shootout period was Jared McCann. Scoring in regulation was Jake Guentzel, which was his 8th of the year and Bryan Rust, which was his 5th. The Pens seem to be getting back on track as they have now won their last two games, after falling in five of their previous seven. The offense has been mediocre of late as the Penguins have averaged just 2.78 gpg over their last nine games, after putting up 4.00 gpg through their first eight games.
Fun fact: The Penguins are now 12-3-1 all-time while wearing their yellow third jerseys. pic.twitter.com/LRPyoLHcdE— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) November 10, 2019
Snatching up the win against the Blackhawks was Matt Murray, who stopped 29 of the 31 shots that he faced to improve to 9-4 with a 2.35 GAA on the year while out on the road he has gone 3-1 with a 2.93 GAA. In his career, he has gone 49-31 with a 2.49 GAA on the road and 13-12 with a 2.83 GAA during the month of November, plus 6-1 with a 2.53 GAA against the Rangers. The Penguins enter this game ranked 9th in the league in scoring at 3.35 gpg and 7th in goals allowed at 2.59 gpg.
Rangers Suffer Tough Loss To The PanthersThe New York Rangers got off to another slow start as they went 3-6 through their first nine games, but they have started to play better of late as they Rangers come in having won four of their last six games. Unfortunately, one of their losses in their last six games was in their last game as they fell to the Florida Panthers at home by a score of 6-5 in a shootout. The Rangers trailed 2-1 after one but went ahead by outscoring the Panthers 4-2 in the 2nd period. Florida then tied it in the 3rd and eventually won the game in the shootout period. Scoring in the loss was Ryan Lindgren, which was the first of his career, Filip Chytil, which was his 4th of the year, Brady Skjei, which was his 2nd, Kaapo Kakko, which was his 4th and Chris Kreider, which was his 4th. The Rangers have had all sorts of issues on offense last year, but they are top 10 in scoring this year and have averaged 4.00 gpg over their last eight games.
Coach Quinn: “When we get some goals, all of a sudden our mindset tends to change. We just have to continue to focus on playing the right way and being committed to playing defense.” pic.twitter.com/Z2AifIzrcg— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 10, 2019
Absorbing the loss to the Panthers was Henrik Lundqvist, who allowed five goals on 35 shot attempts to fall to 4-4 with a 3.23 GAA on the year, including 3-3 with a 3.29 GAA here at home. Getting the nod in this one will be Alexandar Georgiev and he has gone 3-4 with a 2.87 GAA on the year, including 1-3 with a 3.60 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 11-11 with a 2.67 GAA here at the Garden and 4-3 with a 2.80 GAA during the month of November, plus 2-2 with a 4.19 GAA against the Penguins. TheRangers enter this game ranked 7th in the league in scoring at 3.40 gpg and 23rd in goals allowed at 3.33 gpg.
Trends Are Courtesy Of Covers.com Pittsburgh is:
- 6-0 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest
- 44-20 in their last 64 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game
New York is:
- 21-49 in their last 70 vs. a team with a winning record
- 5-12 in their last 17 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game