The Battle for Playoff Matchups In Full Swing
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to turn the tides of a 4 game losing streak, as they roll into Madison Square Garden to face the New York Rangers. With how closely battled the Metropolitan Division is, the Penguins will look to hand the Rangers their 3rd consecutive loss after they have fallen 4 times out of their last 5 as well. The goaltending showdown will come down to the Penguins Matt Murray vs Ranger’s Lundqvist, both have struggled recently and are looking for a huge game to bounce back.
Pittsburgh’s luck might be turning for the better as Defenseman Hainsey and Forward Guentzel are considered “highly probable” by Coach Sullivan. On the other hand defenseman, Ryan McDonagh won’t play today per Rangers coach Vigneault. Malkin and Letang are still missing in action for the Pittsburgh Penguins, these two offensive threats are sorely missed in the lineup as the Pens continue to strive for home ice in the playoffs.
-With 6 games remaining the Penguins have lost 243 man-games to injury.
-The Penguins are focusing on the fine details of their game in these last two weeks of regular season to be ready for playoffs.
-Hainsey and Guentzel are expected to play tonight and bring a lot of energy into the lineup with their addition to the decimated club.
-The Pens sit just two points behind their likely opponent in round 1 of the playoffs, The Colombus Blue Jackets. Henceforth the Penguins battle for home ice.
“I don’t think we can worry about who’s back when it is just making sure we play the right way so when guys do come back in the lineup it is an easier transition.” –Sidney Crosby
Sullivan on winning: “The most important thing is to make sure we get locked in, that’s a daily endeavor. That’s where winning starts.”
“We have a lot of important guys out of our lineup right now, a lot of our top players. For them to be fresh come playoff time could be a huge boost for us.” –Connor Sheary