April 3, 2012; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) battle for the puck during the second period at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Pens Host The Rangers For Chance At Home Ice In Playoffs

The Pittsburgh Penguins Host the New York Rangers Tonight in a game that means a great deal to the Pens and very little to the Rangers.     The Rangers have clinched the Conference and Division, where as the Penguins need this win to clinch 4th place and home ice advantage for at least the 1st round of the playoffs.

The Penguins will be short handed though not only tonight, but also against the Flyers in the last game of the season.       The Pens will be without  Steve Sullivan, James Neal, and Matt Niskanen so that affects the top 2 lines and the defense pairing also.     The Penguins still have plenty of firing power, but the Rangers are not going to roll over so it will take a complete team effort with no more giveaways at the blue line to cause the occasional odd man rush.

The Rangers as mentioned, have little to play for other than the fact that as a team you do not want to put it into coasting gear and get manhandled right before the playoffs start.     They need to continue to play their game with that tough defensive style and let the first line continue to generate the points.    Expect everyone to play tonight for the Rangers including the likes of Ryan Calahan who leads the team in goals and Del Zotto who is a defensive leader that has played well against the Pens this season.

The Puck drops tonight at 7pm at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.    It’s A Great Day For Hockey!     If you would like to follow me on Twitter you can at Sports Monger and on Sports Monger Radio.

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