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Get your game notes: Penguins at Rangers

Dec 18, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the New York Rangers hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins starting at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• Since signing a seven-year, $59.5 million contract extension on Dec. 4, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is 2-3-1, with a 3.42 GAA and .878 save%. During that span, he has allowed 18 goals, including three or more in five consecutive starts. Only the Stars’ Kari Lehtonen (six) has a longer active streak of allowing 3+ goals.

• Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is among the NHL’s elite in all four major goaltending categories this season: wins (19, ranked 1st), GAA (1.98, 7th), save percentage (.925, T-9th) and shutouts (3, T-1st). However, his numbers on the road are notably weaker than at home.
Home: 13-2-0 1.63 GAA .943 sv% 1 shutout
Road: 6-6-1 2.39 GAA .899 sv% 2 shutouts

• Penguins center Sidney Crosby has scored 20 goals in 44 career games vs. the Rangers. However, the “Blueshirts” have kept Crosby without a goal in 11 straight meetings, the longest active streak of any team against the Penguins’ captain. St. Louis (7) is the only other NHL team that has shut out Crosby in more than five games. (Elias Sports Bureau)

• The Penguins are 9-1-0 in their last 10 games, the lone loss a last-minute, 3-2 defeat to the Bruins on Dec. 7. In their last nine games (8-1-0), they have outscored their opponents by a combined 30-12.

• The Penguins lead the NHL in power-play efficiency (26.5%) and are 2nd on the penalty kill (87.4%). They are the only team ranked in the top-five in both special-teams categories, and one of only three that are ranked in the top-ten in both (Montreal, Nashville).

• The Penguins enter tonight’s game with a 19-8-1 record vs. Eastern Conference teams and are 11-4-0 within the Metropolitan Division. No NHL team has more wins within its own division or conference.

• Rangers center Brian Boyle has gone without a goal in 19 straight games. That’s his third goal drought lasting 19 or more games since the end of the 2010-11 season, when he tallied a career-high 21 goals.

• Heading into action on Dec. 17, the Penguins had 170 man-games lost this season due to injury (2nd-most in the NHL to Anaheim – 181). To compare, the Rangers had 65 (7th-fewest in the league).

• With injuries to Kris Letang, Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik, Rob Scuderi and a suspension to Deryk Engelland, the Penguins are trotting out five defensemen with a combined 139 games of NHL experience and 28 points. The veteran presence along the Pens’ blueline is held by Matt Niskanen (445 games, 134 points).

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  1. stepanup - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Well, that’s the kiss of death. Tomorrow’s lead story on PHT: Crosby tallies a hat-trick, extends dominance with 23 goals in 45 games against the Rangers.

    • xdj511 - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      I wouldn’t think like that… with the Rangers track record it’s more likely the no-namers are going to steal the show… if I had any money I’d bet Philip Samuelsson gets his first NHL point tonight.

  2. 19to77 - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Wow. Totally didn’t expect to see Nashville in the top ten in both special teams categories. Also surprised to see the ‘Hawks AREN’T top-10 in both. Interesting.

    Hard to believe the Pens have been on such a tear lately even with so many defensemen out. I know they weren’t all injured the whole time or anything, but their D corps has been missing at least one or two guys at a time for most of the season and they’re still doing well.

    On the subject of injured Pens, is there a timeline yet on Malkin returning?

    • hockey412 - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      No, day to day. Didn’t skate this AM.

    • dirt2013 - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      He will miss at least 3 games so he will not play on Wed. or Thur. at least.

      • 19to77 - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        Ack. That’s a shame. Thanks for the update guys!

  3. 950003cups - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Lundqvist has a chance to redeem himself tonight. He’ll need a stellar performance. Maybe even a shutout. But Fleury is playing out of his mind. So it should be a good game

    • blomfeld - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      THE ‘KING’ OF WHAT ?

      Friends, I posed that question to Ranger fans at large several weeks ago and to date there hasn’t been a single response or clarification from anyone ? Therefore the question still stands … what ‘exactly’ is Henrik Lundqvist supposed to be the King of ? He’s very talented no doubt and he did win a Vezina once (albeit with an asterisk). Yet apart from that, he and his teammates are clearly just another hockey team who continue to ‘dream’ about what it must be like to win it all.

      *** assorted examples of ‘real’ kings ***

      – Jonathan Quick
      – Martin Jones
      – Elvis Presley
      – Alec Martinez
      – King George V
      – Jeff Carter
      – Drew Doughty
      – Muhammad Ali
      – Anze Kopitar
      – Jordan Nolan
      – Ben Scrivens
      – Martin Luther King
      – Matt Greene
      – Willie Mitchell
      – Darryl Sutter
      – Dean Lomdardi
      – Lord Horatio Nelson
      – Justin Williams
      – Dwight King
      – Mike Richards
      – King George III

      • 19to77 - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        As much as I look forward to the guaranteed hilarity of your posts, I really have to question the sanity of placing Jeff Carter above Martin Luther King in like any list ever aside from NHL scoring lists.

        To the rest of PHT: I know, I know. It’s a Blomfeld post. Sanity not required, expected or indeed present in any capacity. Still, though – Jeff Carter, seriously?

      • blomfeld - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        1977 – please note friend that this is an ‘assorted’ list of real Kings (ie: consisting of various kinds mixed together in a miscellaneous manner) … I mean seriously man, do you think Jordan Nolan is more important than England’s greatest warrior, Lord Horatio Nelson ?

  4. c1md6 - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Since this game is on NBC (Nothing But Crosby) we have to deal with the stellar commentating of Pierre McGuire. Tonight we get to find out where half of the penqueens played peewee hockey in 1983, he’s gathering all the inside information now as he’s sniffing Cindny’s panties.

    • tk1966 - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      Does anyone know if this clown has a team he roots for? Does he post on other team sites, or is he a Pens-exclusive troll? Its downright funny how obsessed he is! It would be funnier, however, if he were to come up with a little new material once in a while… penqueens? Cindy? Yawn!

      • stepanup - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        It’s hard to object to Pierre McGuire trolling though. I might tally the irrelevant factoids tonight, if I can make it through the first period.

      • jpelle82 - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        yeah good luck keeping track of that. pierre comes off as that guy who drives a candy filled van who just hangs out at small town ice rinks to watch little boys play with sticks in their hands. what other reason this grown man should know so much about where and when and who these guys played hockey for when they were 8 years old is beyond me.

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