The Pittsburgh Penguins shook off a slow start, and a coaching change, to surge into second place in the Metropolitan Division. They’ll face the team that’s eliminated them in each of the past two seasons, the New York Rangers.
The Penguins hold home-ice advantage for the series.
Here’s a look at how the two teams match up.
Pittsburgh: 5on5CF% – 52.7; 5on5Sv% – .931; 5on5Sh% – 7.54; PDO = 100.6
New York: 5on5CF% – 47.4; 5on5Sv% – .934; 5on5Sh% – 8.95; PDO = 102.4
New York: 1-2-1
LAST GAME PLAYED HEAD-TO-HEAD:
Sidney Crosby tipped home the winner in overtime as the Penguins edged the Rangers.
LAST TIME THEY MET IN THE PLAYOFFS:
The Rangers eliminated the Penguins in the first round of last year’s playoffs as the Penguins just could not crack Henrik Lundqvist. All four of the Rangers’ wins in that series were by an identical 2-1 score. Carl Hagelin scored in overtime of Game 5 to send New York to the second round. This year, he’s on Pittsburgh.
NEW YORK’S HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR:
There were plenty of Lundqvist saves worthy of being shown here, but this goal by Rick Nash shows that at age 31, he’s still a force to be reckoned with.