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About the Rangers - 02-10-16

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Rangers.

When and where: 8 p.m., EST, Consol Energy Center.

TV: NBC Sports.

Record: 30-18-5, 65 points. The Rangers are in second place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.

Leading Scorer: Center Derick Brassard, 40 points (18 goals, 22 assists).

Last Game: 2-1 home win against the Devils Monday. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (right) made 27 saves for the Rangers.

Last Game against the Penguins: 2-1 overtime home win in Game 5 of a first-round series April 24, 2015. Lundqvist made 37 saves.

Rangers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Brassard. He has 16 points in 14 career games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Rangers: Center Matt Cullen, right winger Pascal Dupuis, left winger Carl Hagelin, head coach Mike Sullivan.

Ex-Rangers on the Penguins: Left winger Tanner Glass, professional scout Rick Kehoe, center Dominic Moore, assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson, president Glen Sather.

Useless Rangers Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Hagelin scored the overtime goal which clinched the series for the Rangers April 24. There have been two one-time Penguins players who have scored a series-clinching overtime goal against Penguins. The other is right winger Garry Valk who scored in overtime of a 4-3 win by the Maple Leafs in Game Six of a 1999 Eastern Conference semifinal series.

The last time the Penguins played the Rangers, this happened: 

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (21-12-5, 2.42 GAA, .920 SV%) for the Penguins. Henrik Lundqvist (26-14-4, 2.37 GAA, .921 SV%) for the Rangers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, center Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) is out. Right winger Beau Bennett (right shoulder), Pascal Dupuis (blood clots), centers Nick Bonino (hand), Eric Fehr ("lower body") and defenseman David Warsofsky (concussion) are on injured reserve. For the Rangers, defenseman Ryan McDonagh (concussion) and left winger Rick Nash (left leg bone bruise) are out.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins had an optional morning skate. Consider this a guess at their lines and pairings: 

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 72 Patric Hornqvist
62 Carl Hagelin - 7 Matt Cullen - 81 Phil Kessel
34 Tom Kuhnhackl - 40 Oskar Sundqvist - 17 Bryan Rust
43 Conor Sheary - 11 Kevin Porter- 23 Scott Wilson

58 Kris Letang - 3 Olli Maatta
6  
Trevor Daley - 8 Brian Dumoulin 
12 Ben Lovejoy - 51 Derrick Pouliot

-The Rangers held an optional morning skate. Their expected lines and pairings are:

10 J.T. Miller - 16 Derick Brassard - 19 Jesper Fast
20 Chris Kreider - 21 Derek Stepan - 36 Mats Zuccarello
24 Oscar Lindberg - 13 Kevin Hayes - 25 Viktor Stalberg
15 Tanner Glass - 28 Dominic Moore - 12 Daniel Paille

93 Keith Yandle - 5 Dan Girardi
18 Marc Staal - 8 Kevin Klein
22 Dan Boyle - 6 Dylan McIlrath

Notes:

-Center Sidney Crosby has an 11-game point-scoring streak and a seven-game goal streak. Additionally, he has scored goals in nine consecutive home games.

-Right winger Patric Hornqvist has 297 career points.

-Rangers center Derek Stepan has 98 career goals. 

-Rangers center J.T. Miller, a native of East Palestine, Ohio who grew up in Coraopolis, has 10 points (nine goals, one assist) in his past 10 games.

-The referees are (No. 33) Kevin Pollock and (No. 25) Marc Joannette. The linesmen are (No. 84) Tony Sericolo and (No. 76) Michel Cormier.

(Photo: Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

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GRAMMYS "Grammycam" offers a new point of view

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Let's just hope none of the winners takes their GRAMMY award into the bathroom.

This year's GRAMMY event on CBS (Monday night) features a new twist on the notion that pointing a live video camera at something must always be a good thing. We'll see.

Because winners of the Recording Academy's biggest tribute don't take home the actual gramophone-shaped statuettes at the end of the night (the real, gold-plated zinc ones are engraved and sent to them later), CBS was allowed to embed disassembled GoPro cameras in the base of the stand-in awards.

According to Fast Company, the tiny, battery-powered cameras will provide streaming video that can be incorporated in the network's multiplatform GRAMMY Live coverage.

"Witness Greatness" is the theme of this year's awards broadcast. Hmmmm. Given the unpredictable combination of recording artists and live video, we have a feeling viewers will be witnessing a lot more than that.

 

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Perry on Politics: Finding parallels in 1972

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Empty Netter Assists - Malkin to miss more games - 02-10-16

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-Center Evgeni Malkin's (above) "lower-body" injury will keep him sidelined the next three games.

-Center Sidney Crosby has scored a few goals as of late.

-The Penguins unveiled their 50th anniversary logo:

-“I guess he can say whatever he wants. But, no, I don’t have any comment on that.” - Crosby on claims by Rangers coach Alain Vigneault that he gets preferential treatment when it comes to supplemental discipline. 

-Head coach Mike Sullivan speaks:

-How did Wilkes-Barre/Scranton become the cradle of NHL coaches?

-An overtime goal by right winger Carter Rowney gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 4-3 win against the Utica Comets. Center Derek Army scored two goals for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while center Jean-Sebastien Dea recorded two assists. Goaltender Matt Murray made 34 saves in the victory.

-Highlights (courtesy of SendtoNews):

-Happy 27th birthday to former Penguins left winger Eric Tangradi. Acquired midway through the 2008-09 season along with left winger Chris Kunitz in a deal which sent defenseman Ryan Whitney to the Ducks, Tangradi spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. After appearing in one game and failing to score a point in 2009-10, Tangradi played in 15 games in 2010-11 and scored three points. In the 2011 postseason, he saw action in one game and failed to score. During 2011-12, Tangradi appeared in 24 games and recorded two assists. In the spring of 2012, he played in two postseason games and recorded one assist. In the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, Tangradi went five games with no points before he was traded to the Jets for a draft pick. In 45 career regular season games with the Penguins, he had five points. In three postseason games, he has one assist. He is currently a member of the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.

-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Peter Popovic. Acquired in the 1999 offseason in a deal that sent defenseman Kevin Hatcher to the Rangers, Popovic played one season with the Penguins. In 54 games in 1999-2000, he recorded six points. Popovic left the team in the 2000 offseason as a free agent.

-After the Jump: Dion Phaneuf is traded in a blockerbuster deal.

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