The Pittsburgh Penguins have a tall task. Some models, including one from MoneyPuck.com, show them as decided favorites, yet few rank them as likely winners in their Round One matchup against the second-seeded New York Rangers.
The Rangers won three of four in the regular season, including three in 10 days from late March to early April. The Penguins flatlined in one loss but couldn’t crack Igor Shesterkin in the others. In those three games, the Rangers outscored the Penguins 11-3.
And that’s a big problem.
Also, the Pittsburgh Penguins scoring can’t exclusively be Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel. Evgeni Malkin and Jeff Carter must be present and accounted for the Penguins to have a legitimate chance to advance to Round Two for the first time since 2018.
PHN Editor-in-Chief (and sudden second banana after PHN added Hall of Famer Dave Molinari to the roster) joined 93-7 the Fan host Paul Zeise to break down the series.
Paul had the million-dollar question–How do the Penguins win?
In addition to the obvious, score more goals and give up less, Dan went into detail about one aspect the Penguins have not done against the Rangers: bump, bruise, rattle, or otherwise make New York goalie Igor Shesterkin uncomfortable. He hit two other main points, too.
Get the entire conversation and Dan’s (surprising?) prediction.