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Rematch! Penguins Game 68: Lines, Notes and What to Watch vs. New York Rangers



Pittsburgh Penguins Game, vs New York Rangers

There’s a little irony that the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers, who both employed the famous No. 68, Jaromir Jagr, will play Game 68 Tuesday night at PPG Paints Arena. You can pick your overriding storyline. The Rangers skated the Penguins out of the building last Friday, 5-1, at Madison Square Garden.

The two teams are locked in a battle for second place in the Metro Division. The Penguins lead the Rangers by one point, but the Rangers have one game in hand. Anything less than a regulation win by the Penguins swings the advantage for home ice in Round One to New York.

On Sunday, the Penguins set a salary cap era record with 11 goals in their 11-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Only two Penguins skaters didn’t register a point (Brian Dumoulin and Marcus Pettersson). Evgeni Malkin notched a hat trick and four points (3-1-4), and Teddy Blueger also had four points (1-3-4).

Both Malkin and Sidney Crosby are averaging more than a point-per-game this season. Crosby has 69 points (24-45-69) in 55 games. Malkin has 32 points (16-16-32) in 30 games with the outburst on Sunday. Both Crosby and Malkin had their season delayed by offseason surgery.

There wasn’t much to learn from the Rangers’ 5-1 win last Friday. The Penguins no-showed, and New York knocked three goals in the first few minutes. The contest was essentially over, though Jeff Carter tipped a Kasperi Kapanen wrister for a Penguins power-play goal later in the third period.

Tristan Jarry was pulled in the second period but returned a few minutes later when backup goalie Casey DeSmith was injured. DeSmith returned to practice the following day.

Tactically, the teams share similarities with speed and a heavy forecheck. New York likes to fly the zone for odd-man rushes, leaving them vulnerable to a strong low game. The Penguins’ ability to hold onto the puck in the low zone and force the Ranger defensemen to turn and face them in the corners.

If the Penguins try to play on the rush, this could become a track meet quickly. Not that we’re complaining.

Tristan Jarry will start for the Penguins. He outdueled Igor Shesterkin and shut out the Rangers 1-0 on Feb. 26.

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Expected Pittsburgh Penguins Lines

Jake GuentzelSidney CrosbyBryan Rust
Jason ZuckerEvgeni MalkinRickard Rakell
Danton HeinenRyan PoehlingKasperi Kapanen
Brock McGinnSam PoulinDrew O'Connor
Brian DumoulinKris Letang
Marcus PetterssonJeff Petry
P.O JosephJan Rutta
Tristan Jarry
Casey DeSmith

Expected Rangers Lines, per










Igor Shesterkin

Pittsburgh Penguins Game Notes:

*INJURIES: F Jason Zucker, lower-body (29 consecutive, 36 total), Brock McGinn, upper-body (8 consecutive, 11 total), Nathan Beaulieu, lower-body (4 consecutive, 4 total). 2021-22 Total Regular-Season Man-Games Lost: 242

*The Penguins have points in 14 of their last 17 games versus New York (11-3-3) and is 15-5-3 in its last 23 games versus the RangersCrosby’sy Crosby’s next point will see him hit the 70-point plateau for the 12th time in his career, which would tie Alex Ovechkin (12) and Joe Thornton (12) for most among active players

*Bryan Rust, who has 55 points (22-33-55) in 45 games, is one point shy of tying his career-high point total of 56, that he set in 55 games during the 2019-20 season. Since the beginning of the 2019-20 campaign, Rust has 153 points (71-82-153) in 156 games.

*Evgeni Malkin has 13 career hat tricks. That is the second-most in team history (Mario Lemieux, 40) and second-most among all active players (Alex Ovechkin, 28).

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
8 months ago

If Desmith is in net you can chalk up a loss otherwise it will be a close game Pens will have to come up big.

Mike Donnelly
Mike Donnelly
8 months ago

This is a tough stretch for the Pens. 9 of the next 11 games against strong playoff teams with the two others being a home and home with the Islanders.

Brandon o
Brandon o
8 months ago

Strome left in the 1st period against buffalo, might be out for this game. That would likely put mckegg in at 4c and shuffle copp or goodrow to 2c.

Ujn Hunter
8 months ago

Might try the free trial of FuboTV tonight to catch the game… can’t believe I can’t watch any of the Rags games this year in a local market because MSG held out for money and Comcast called them on it… so lame… though I was kinda glad the last game was a stinker and I had the radio so I didn’t have to watch the Pens sleepwalking in the last game. Hope FuboTV doesn’t black me out like the damn NHL Network does… ugh!

8 months ago
Reply to  Ujn Hunter

Try ESPN plus if your signal is good. If you live in the sticks like me, Viasat and Hughsnet will buffer the whole game.