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Get your game notes: Penguins at Rangers

Nov 6, 2013, 12:07 PM EST

Evgeni Malkin AP

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the New York Rangers hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• The Penguins’ top line of LW Chris Kunitz (15) – C Sidney Crosby (23) – RW Pascal Dupuis (11) has combined for 18 goals and 49 points this season. To compare, the 18 forwards who have suited up for the Rangers this season have a combined 21 goals and 60 points.

• The Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin has gone eight consecutive games without a goal, his longest in-season drought since the 2009-10 season, when he went 11 straight (Dec. 27, 2009-Jan. 14, 2010).

• The Rangers have held their opponents to two or fewer goals in each of their last seven games, their longest stretch since an eight-game run from Dec. 31, 2009-Jan. 14, 2010. Meanwhile, the Penguins have scored three or more goals 13 times in 15 games (11-2-0), the most of any team in the NHL.

• The Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury (10-2-0 record, 1.83 GAA, .929 save%) became the first NHL goaltender to 10 wins this season on Nov. 1, and was honored as the NHL’s 2nd Star of the Week on Monday. Fleury’s hot start matches the best of his career. In 2009-10, he also started 10-2-0, picking up his tenth win on Nov. 3, 2009.

• The Penguins have killed only 16 of 23 power-play opportunities (69.6%) on the road this season, the 3rd-worst road PK percentage in the NHL. The Pens’ overall PK (81.0%) ranks 19th in the league. The last time they finished outside of the top-10 in an 82-game season was 2007-08 (81.0%, 23rd).

• Since the 2005-06 season, Sidney Crosby has the most points in the NHL in November. (Elias Sports Bureau)
1. Crosby (PIT) 126
2. Martin St. Louis (TBL) 110
3. Alex Ovechkin (WSH) 105
4. Ilya Kovalchuk (ATL/NJD) 104
5. Dany Heatley (OTT/SJS/MIN) 103

• Through Nov. 5, Metropolitan Division teams have compiled only 41 total wins in regulation or overtime (ROW), the fewest among the four NHL divisions:

Pacific (7 teams) – 51 ROW (110 games)
Central (7 teams) – 50 ROW (102 games)
Atlantic (8 teams) – 49 ROW (122 games)
Metropolitan (8 teams) – 41 ROW (116 games)

  1. ibieiniid - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    lol @ the west having 2 fewer teams, 26 fewer games, but a combined 11 more ROW. I wonder though if an oldschool East/West All Star game would turn out as lopsided. Not if J’dinkalage Morgoone played, I bet.

    • c9castine - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      its early, thinks will even out. the top west teams haven’t been that great against top east teams. boston beat san jose and anaheim (did lose to colorado) and the pens beat colorado and vancouver.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        that’s kinda what I was TRYING to get at, but didn’t really. I don’t think there’s that much gap in the top players/teams of either conference. it’s just all these sh**ty teams in the east losing to everybody, my team included.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        but mostly, I just wanted to make an East/West College Bowl reference.

      • curioustraveler13 - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        Actually the pens lost to Colorado 1-0.

  2. penzfan329 - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Watch out for malkin. No goals in 7 games but he has been a force out there!

  3. nicknyhc - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    NHL.com has an article comparing Lundqvist with Fleury and they talk about how Fleury last year had a “tenuous-at-best grasp on his job” in net and they literately said that Lundqvist is in that same predicament now.

    Yes, NHL.com is implying that Lunqvist is struggling to stay in the NHL because the Rangers lost a few games on the road and their team defense was awful for 5 or 6 games to start the season.

    I can’t stand the bias the NHL has when it comes to ANYTHING Penguins related.

    • dirt2013 - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      Fleury didn’t have a bad regular season last year.In fact it was good / very good but the playoffs were a different matter all together.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        owht, you beat me to it.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      the part about Lundy wasn’t what got me. what got me is that somehow they forgot that Fleury doesn’t struggle in the regular season. he struggles in the postseason. he wins in the regular season. comparing Fleury’s reg season stats to Lundqvists only shows that Lundy’s having a rough go of it in the last dozen games or w/e, nothing about their particular job situations.

      I haven’t gone to NHL.com for hockey news in a long, long time though. you should probably think about doing the same. twitter, facebook, and PHT (along with any smaller team-based sites) normally break any stories you need to know before NHL.com does and they normally give 1000x better analysis than NHL.com

      • nicknyhc - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        That’s what I mean.

        I know Fleury’s struggles were mainly at the end of the season/playoffs last year and that it was rumored that the Pens might ditch him, but for NHL.com to imply that Lundqvist is in hot water right now is insane.

        The Rangers had a rough start to the season, but realistically its not Hank’s fault and when he re-ups he’ll likely be the highest paid goalie in the league. Also, Lundqvist has 2 shutouts in about 10 starts.

    • drone501 - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      you must repent.

      • dirt2013 - Nov 6, 2013 at 6:46 PM

        If the King doesn’t re-up then the Rangers have a big problem.

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    The Pens are top powerhouse of the Metro…but who are the other two true top teams in it? Very hard to say

  5. natethegreat58 - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Look out for Gino tonight. He’s been getting really unlock the last few games, and he always plays well against the Rangers. I look for him to have a good game.

    • cofran2004 - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      keep lookin’.

  6. c1md6 - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Lol game notes are the Pittsburgh penguins have a fan base that went from being bankrupt to sell out crowds….fraud fans.

    • drone501 - Nov 6, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      wasnt the fans fault the team went bankrupt. twice. very bad ownership. say like howard baldwin. it could have been worse. we could have been cursed with teams like the capitals.

  7. csilojohnson - Nov 6, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    ^ Come back when your team has as many points as the pens have wins.
    Thinking midseason…

    • xflyersx - Nov 6, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      Does that go for me too? That could be next year…

    • cofran2004 - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      what’s funny is that even before the rangers crushed the penguins last night and picked up the two points, your statement STILL didn’t make sense.

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