BY: DAVID KOLB
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (11-5-3) @ NEW YORK RANGERS (14-5-1)
LOOKING FOR A SWEEP
The New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins will face off at Madison Square Garden for the second time in three days Wednesday, as the Blueshirts are looking for a home-and-home sweep after taking the first game Monday in Pittsburgh, 5-2.
GRABNER KEEPS GOING
Michael Grabner is proving that he is no early-season fluke, as he potted his 12th goal of the season Monday, and is now currently tied for the league lead in goals with rookie Patrik Laine of Winnipeg and Sidney Crosby of the Penguins.
AGAINST THE PENS…
While we saw both backup goaltenders get the start in the first leg of the clubs’ home-and-home, Henrik Lundqvist and Matt Murray are scheduled to be back between the pipes tonight for their respective clubs. Murray is 5-1-0 with a 1.68 goals against average, while “The King” owns a 9-5-1 record with a 2.27 goals against average and a shutout.
THE KIDS ARE SCORING
Monday, J.T. Miller tallied the game-winning goal with the first shorthanded goal of his career, while Kevin Hayes scored a goal, as the two young forwards continue to lead the Rangers in scoring as they are tied with 18 points. Miller has broken-out this season after closing out the 2015-16 season with 21 total points, while Hayes is halfway to his 36 points he scored last season.
The Rangers will need to keep a close eye on Crosby tonight as they were outstanding when the Penguins’ captain was on the ice Monday, as No. 87 was held without a point, and finished the game a minus-4. Crosby missed games at the beginning of the season, however has been fantastic since, scoring 12 goals along with four assists in 13 games for 16 points.