A preview of the Rangers.
Leading Scorer: Scott Gomez, 67 points (16 goals, 51 assists)
Last Game: 3-0 loss at Tampa Bay Saturday.
Last Game Against The Penguins: 4-1 loss in Pittsburgh Jan. 14.
Rangers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Gomez. We don't have the numbers in front of us, but we're pretty sure he's the all-time leading scorer against the Penguins among players of Hispanic descent that are from Alaska. Just a hunch.
Ex-Penguins: Michal Roszival, Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka, Rick Kehoe, professional scout.
Useless Rangers Trivia: The Rangers and the Islanders have not made a trade since November 14, 1972 during the Islanders' inaugural season. Center Ron Stewart was sent to the Islanders in exchange for cash.
Best Rangers YouTube Video We Could Find: Jason Strudwick has a sweet moustache.
(Kudos to EN reader Elizabeth Krenzelok of Upper St. Clair for the find.)
-Ty Conklin gets the start.
-Hope you don't mind New York teams.
-The Rangers are riding a two-games losing streak.
-New York is having some power-play problems.
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-Will the Penguins hang on to Ryan Malone?
-The Penguins have lost the eighth-most man-games to injury this season.
-Petr Sykora was named the NHL's second star of the week.
-Random YouTube Find of the Day: Mario Lemieux getting seven points in a game against the Oilers in 1989:
(Why isn't Mike Lange doing games anymore again?)
-Aaron Clarke and Seamus Young scored goals for the Wheeling Nailers in a 5-2 loss at Elmira.
-Things are getting worse for the Flyers. Defenseman Derian Hatcher is out for the rest of a season with a fractured right leg and forward R.J. Umberger will be out two weeks with a knee injury.
-Canadiens forward and former Penguin Alex Kovalev is releasing a DVD to benefit charity.
-Lightning goon and former Penguin Andre Roy returned to practice for the first time since his meltdown in Philadelphia.
-Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky says Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin could score 90 goals.
-The Lightning is picking a bad time to start winning games.
-The Panthers believe they can make the playoffs.
-The kids of Lightning forward Martin St. Louis (5-foot-9) are almost as big as him:
-Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire will miss two games after taking a puck to the face during warm-ups Saturday.
-Brent Burns had a goal and an assist for the Wild in a 3-1 defeat of the Avalanche.
-Henrik Sedin scored two goals for the Canucks in a 3-1 win against the Coyotes.
-Canucks defenseman Willie Mitchell is tougher than a steak from Denny's.
-NHL discipline czar Colin Campbell defended the suspension he doled out to Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger.
-The final list for Masterton Memorial Trophy nominees came out. Ty Conklin was the Penguins' nominee.