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Crosby, Jarry Rakell IN, Penguins Game 7: Lines, Notes & Odds vs. Rangers

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Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers Game 7

NEW YORK — One more time. The Pittsburgh Penguins gave away a pair of second-period two-goal leads in Games 5 and 6. A 3-1 series lead has become the best of one. There are just 60 minutes (plus possible overtimes) of hockey remaining this season for the Pittsburgh Penguins or New York Rangers. Game 7.

The puck drops Sunday at 7 p.m.

UPDATE: Sidney Crosby, Rickard Rakell and Tristan Jarry are IN the lineup.

The Penguins’ drama could be a boon to their lineup. No. 1 goalie Tristan Jarry appears ready to play. He took a variety of shots and situational drills on Sunday morning at the morning skate. He took the starter’s net while Louis Domingue and Alex D’Orio shared the other. Jarry was also the first goalie off.

Head coach Mike Sullivan was evasive on his lineup. Officially, Jarry will be a game-time decision. None of the Penguins’ top players skated Sunday morning. Sidney Crosby and Rickard Rakell are game-time decisions.

The Penguins have largely outplayed New York over the last three games, but spotty goaltending and momentary lapses, combined with Crosby’s absence, have been detrimental. The Penguins lost a 2-0 lead in Game 5 mere minutes after Crosby was injured. New York scored three goals in less than three minutes in the immediate aftermath.

Game 7 Analysis:

New York’s power play has also been lethal. It registered two more goals in Game 6, which staked them a 3-2 lead. The New York power play is clicking at 33.3% (5-for-15), which almost seems low given the shots and chances generated.

The Penguins’ power-play has four goals in the series, including a pair from PP2 as time nearly expired. Otherwise, New York has dominated the special teams’ battles,  which is part of the reason for Game 7.

One can assume if Sidney Crosby is healthy enough to play, the New York Rangers might be in trouble. Crosby dominated them before an injurious hit took him out, and a little extra hate, combined with Game 7, makes a serious cocktail.

However, Tristan Jarry is probably not in game shape. While he appears ready to start Game 7, he could tire later in the game. The Penguins may have to work extra hard to protect him later in the game. In this case, the adrenaline of Game 7 could work against the Penguins goalie; mental fatigue could be a factor in a close game.

Brian Boyle will not play. Sullivan said he is out week-to-week with an injury. Brian Dumoulin also will not play. Sullivan said his rehab continues.

Rickard Rakell and Crosby did not participate in the morning skate but practiced on Saturday. Depth forward Drew O’Connor did not skate, either, which leads us to believe he won’t be in the lineup, and Rakell will.

Expected Pittsburgh Penguins Lines

LWCRW
Jake GuentzelSidney CrosbyBryan Rust
Rickard RakellEvgeni MalkinKasperi Kapanen
Jason ZuckerJeff CarterDanton Heinen
Brock McGinnTeddy BluegerEvan Rodrigues
LDRD
Mike MathesonKris Letang
Marcus PetterssonJohn Marino
Mark FriedmanChad Ruhwedel
Goalie
Tristan Jarry
Louis Domingue

*denotes Game-Time decision

New York Rangers Expected Lines per PuckPedia.com:

Kreider-Zbinejad-Vatrano

Panarin-Strome-Copp

Lafreniere-Chytil-Kakko

Goodrow-Rooney-Reaves

Defense:

Lindgren-Fox

Miller-Trouba

Nemeth-Schneider

Goalie:

Igor Shesterkin

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Vince Gori
Vince Gori
1 month ago

I guess the PK has been our Achilles heel. With Boyle out it will not get better. Shame is with Rakell out of the lineup and the offense he brings we could have used ZAR on the PK. Also, even though I thought Dumoulin was so so this year, he was good on the PK. Hopefully Sid, Jarry and Rakell are good to go. Also, not hating on Domingue, he did have some nice saves, was victimized by screens and tipins. Go Pens!

Uros
Uros
1 month ago

So I’m not really sure where I stand on this. I’m all into the greatness of Zucker, Kapanen, Heinen, McGinn, Rodrigues and all the other amazing talent surrounding the core, but it seems they are hindered by Malkin and Letang who need to go. In the show me season and playoffs they haven’t shown anything because they were overshadowed by young talent which abounds in this team. The money should be used to bring Reaves back and anyone else similar that excels in the game of hockey. We’ve made so many excellent trades since 2018, why not go for more… Read more »

Zachary
Zachary
1 month ago
Reply to  Uros

Reaves is a waste of a roster spot. You can find many other players in the NHL, that are not a detriment to your team, and can play a physical game but bring an offensive touch also.

Pete
Pete
1 month ago

Big 3. Game 7. Jarry redemption game. Show me year!
Awesome!

LETS GO PENS!

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