Penguins Report: Game Day vs. NY Rangers (Game 2)
Sunday, 05.4.2014 / 10:17 AM ET / 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Coverage
Pittsburgh's own JT Miller
Gibbons and Reirden
--Sam Kasan & Addison Smith
MORNING SKATE INFO
The Pens used the following workflow...
(Pyatt, Conner, Megna)
The defense did rushes of three players in two sets (pairs!!!). So no definite takeaway on the D pairs.
PP1: Niskanen, Martin, Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz.
PP2: Maatta, Letang, Neal, Sutter, Stempniak.
START THE DAY
Good morning hockey fans! Tonight the Penguins host the NY Rangers in Game 2 of their Second Round Stanley Cup playoff matchup. Pittsburgh is hoping to avoid heading to New York City tonight trailing 2-0 in the series. Here are some game notes to get you ready...
- Tonight the Penguins and New York Rangers play Game 2 (TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: 105.9 the X) at CONSOL Energy Center.
- Pittsburgh is 32-24 all time in Game 2, including a 23-11 mark at home.
- Of the 31 best-of-seven series that the Penguins have held home-ice advantage throughout their history, they have fallen behind 0-2 just three times (10%). Pittsburgh dropped the first two games against Washington in the 1996 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals but rebounded to win the series 4-2; the Penguins lost the first two games against Philadelphia in the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and lost that series, 4-2; Pittsburgh dropped the first two contests of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals to Boston and was swept, 4-0.
- The Penguins are 20-11 all time when holding home-ice advantage.
- Despite the loss in Game 1, the Penguins are 16-5 all time in 21 playoff games against the NY Rangers, including 9-3 here in Pittsburgh.
- Entering tonight’s game the NY Rangers have lost seven straight Game 2s dating back to the 2011 postseason. New York’s last win in a Game 2 was April 18, 2009 at Washington. Although that victory gave New York a 2-0 series lead, it was the Capitals who came back to earn a 4-3 series win.