(2M) Rangers at (3M) Penguin
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Best-of-7 series tied 1-1
The New York Rangers will attempt to regain the ice advantage at home from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the Eastern Conference when they play Game 3 at the PPG Paints Arena on Saturday.
The Penguins won their first game at Madison Square Garden 4-3 in triple overtime on Tuesday. New York responded with a 5-2 win over The Garden on Thursday even in the series.
“It’s definitely another test, prepare for it,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “It’s the best streak out of 5 now. They’ve got the ice on their turf. We have to prepare to play a good game tonight. We’ve played two really good games in this building this season and it helps.”
Rangers were 1-1-0 in Pittsburgh during the regular season, losing 1-0 on February 26 and winning 3-2 on March 29. Igor Shesterkin He was the goalkeeper in every match, allowing three goals from 50 shots.
Shesterkin allowed six goals on 124 shots in the first two games of the series, which is a good 0.952 save ratio.
“Obviously they’re going to have a little jolt from the crowd, I’m sure we did at home,” Adam Fox She said. “Waiting through some storms. Once the fans come in, the teams get a little bit of momentum sometimes, but they approach it the same way, they play hard.”
The Penguins will have a goalkeeper again Louis Doming in the net with Tristan Garry (lower body injury) and Casey Desmith (Basic muscle surgery) Not available.
Doming saved 17 saves in DeSmith’s relief to win Game 1 and ceded five goals on 40 shots in Game 2, his first start in the National Hockey League in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
“He’s excited about this opportunity,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “I think he’s played well so far. He’s a confident kid and I think that really helps him in these circumstances.”
When a streak is tied better than 7, the winner of Game 3 holds a record of 228-110 (67.5 percent), including the 4-3 record in the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Here are 3 keys to the game 3:
1. What is so special?
Rangers are 2 vs 5 in a game of strength and they have a reduced target. They have taken the Penguins to 1 vs 6 in their strong play, a 5 vs 3 goal in Game 1.
Sullivan said after game two that if there was one area for improvement needed for the Penguins it was in special teams, particularly the penalty shootout, who finished third in the regular season with 84.4 percent.
“When penalty kicks are at their best, we win games, get 200 feet, take the ball off the ice, and make difficult entries,” Sullivan said. “One of the challenges we’ve had so far with regards to Rangers is that we haven’t won a lot of matches, we haven’t had a lot of qualifiers. So, they’ve got quite a bit of timezone and they’re a talented group.”
2. Find 87
Sidney Crosby He was a driving force on his line with the attackers Jake Goentzel And Brian Rust. They scored five of Pittsburgh’s six goals, had 11 points, 41 shots on target, and 62 shot attempts.
New York’s ability to limit that streak, especially when the penguins aren’t getting production from its other streaks, may be the difference in Game 3.
“You’re talking about one of the best lines in the league, and now they’re playing great,” Gallant said. “This streak has been really tough to deal with and manage. We are doing our best. There is no perfect match for these guys.”
3. Secondary scoring
Yevgeny MalkinThe Penguins’ triple overtime goal in Game 1 is the only one of the six Penguins in the series that was scored by a player not in the lead line.
Pittsburgh has been struggling for minor points beyond Crosby, Goetzel, Rust and Malkin for nearly four months.
These four players have scored 88 goals since January 11, including five in the two playoffs. The rest of the team collected 75 goals, and none were scored in the first round.
“When you get balanced goals, it definitely helps your chances of winning matches,” Sullivan said. “We will continue to work on that to help our guys create opportunities to score goals, but for sure there were a number of scoring opportunities across our squad here in the first two games.”
Expected Rangers lineup
Chris Crieder – Mika Zibanjad – Frank Vatrano
Artemi Banarin – Ryan Strom – Andrew Cope
Alexis Lavrinier – Philip Shettle – kabo kaku
Dryden Hunt – Kevin Rooney – Ryan Reeves
Kandrey Miller – Jacob Troup
Justin Brown – Adam Fox
Patrick Nemeth – Braden Schneider
scratched: Libor HajkAnd Greg McCaigAnd Julien GautierAnd Johnny Brodzinski
injured: Tyler Mutt (upper body) Barclay Godro (lower body), Ryan Lindgren (lower body)
Expected lineup of penguins
Jake Genzel – Sidney Crosby – Brian Rust
Danton Heinen – Yevgeny Malkin – Kasperi Cabanen
Brooke McGinn – Jeff Carter – Evan Rodriguez
Brian Boyle – Teddy Blogger – Drew O’Connor
Mike Matheson – Chris Letang
Marcus Peterson – John Marino
Mark Friedman – Chad Rowedel
scratched: Nathan Beaulieu
injured: Tristan Gary (Lower Body), Ricard Raquel (Undisclosed), Casey Desmith (core muscle surgery), Jason Zucker (lower body), Brian Dumoulin (lower body)
Lindgren, the man of defense, will be a decision on match time after not playing in Game 2 on Thursday. …Goudreau, the attacker, is expected to be kept away from at least the rest of the series. … Running solo for the first time before skiing in the morning is optional. The goalkeeper is day in and day out. … Desmith, the goalkeeper, will miss the rest of the Stanley Cup after having major muscle surgery on Friday. …Zucker will be the game-time decision for the second game in a row. If he plays, the striker could join Malkin in Pittsburgh’s second streak.