The Big Apple of My Eye

The Pittsburgh Penguins are finally back home after having 4 games on the road.  The Penguins are coming off a 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils.  The New York Rangers, however, are coming off a 2-1 (SO) win against the Florida Panthers.  The Rangers are still with their 5 games road series.  This game with the Penguins is a very important Metropolitan contest.  The series between the two teams is tied at one game apiece.

November 6: Rangers 5 Penguins 1

December 18: Penguins 4 Rangers 3 (SO)

Shootout losses count as a tie within the point standings; therefore, the Penguins did not technically defeat the Rangers yet.  I liked it better when you either win, loss, or tie.  Shootouts have made the sport more exciting but have given a point to a losing team.  The Metropolitan Division standings are below:

Pittsburgh Penguins (29-12-1)

Washington Capitals (20-15-6)

Philadelphia Flyers (20-17-4)

New Jersey Devils (17-16-8)

New York Rangers (20-19-2)

Carolina Hurricanes (16-16-9)

Columbus Blue Jackets (18-19-4)

New York Islanders (14-21-7)

In all actuality, the Metropolitan is not a tight race at all as the Penguins lead the Capitals by 13 points.  All the other divisions have 2-5 points separating the first and second seeds.  On January 15, the Penguins will host the second place Caps.  As bad as I hate to admit it, I feel the Rangers will defeat the Penguins tonight.  The Penguins have struggled with the Rangers.  I predict a close match-up, Rangers 3 Penguins 2.  Be sure to watch tonight’s match-up on ROOT Sports at 7:30 PM.


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