Saturday, November 28, 2009

Penguins Game Day 27 - vs. New York Rangers

New York Rangers

7:30 PM, Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA


The Penguins return to the ice after dropping their contest to the other New York team, the Islanders, yesterday 3-2. The Pens blew a 2-1 lead only to watch the Islanders and Taveres come back and beat them.

Here are the lines for the Penguins from their website:

Forwards

Talbot-Crosby-Guerin
Dupuis-Malkin-Fedotenko
Cooke-Staal-Bourque
Rupp-Adams-Godard

Defense

Gonchar-Orpik
Eaton-Letang
Skoula-Goligoski

Netminder

Fleury

What do you notice about the lineup? Oh yea, Gogo and Tanger are back in the lineup. Oh how sweet it is when you start to get everyone healthy.

Lets not all get excited like all the Penguins problems will be fixed today. Sure they are both back but you have to keep things in perspective. They have no played in weeks. There will be rust and it will take them some time to get back into the flow. Sure, they have been practicing but nothing, not even practice, can simulate game speed and situations.

Now this is a huge pickup. Both Lovejoy and Engelland have been reassigned to WBS so we know for sure both Gogo and Tang are going to play. This was a great story to read when I woke up, after I found out Ben was out for the Steelers game.

The Rangers have slipped off since their red hot start of the season. They won seven of their first eight games but have not been able to play .500 hockey since then. They are currently 13-11-1 overall and only 6-6-1 on the road.

Good news for the Penguins is that MAF is just straight cash money at Mellon Arena against the Rangers. In his last 15 games at the Igloo MAF is 13-0-2 against them. I think that is a pretty good omen. Lets get back on the winning ways.

Lets Go Pens.

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