Penguins Talk Rangers

I always find it interesting to see how the opposing team views the Rangers going into a series. So here’s some thoughts from the Penguins on what they expect from the Blueshirts starting tonight.

Evgeni Malkin on Henrik Lundqvist (via Pittsburgh Post Gazette)…

“He’s my favorite goalie. My favorite goalie to watch (laughs). I like him a lot. But he can’t stop every shot. We can screen him, go to the net, wait him out maybe sometimes.”

Paul Martin on Martin St. Louis, who has 47 points in 50 career games vs. the Penguins…

“He’s been getting better and better since joining the Rangers. He’s always been one of the better players in the league as far as making plays and finding open guys. That works well for a guy like [Rick] Nash if you can find him in different areas of the ice.”

Martin on Rick Nash (via Newsday)…

“He has that top-end talent, just like Sid. It sometimes takes a little bit to get rolling. You have to contain a guy like Nash, take away his time and space. We’d like to keep him without a goal if we can.”

Head coach Dan Bylsma says the Rangers are a much different team since the last time the two teams faced the last game before the Olympics…

“Our games against them haven’t been what they are now. You’re looking at four lines, good lines right from the [Derek] Stepan line with more star power on the wings. But their next line with [Mats] Zuccarello, [Derick] Brassard and [Benoit] Pouliot has been tough to handle and then [Brad] Richards anchors the third line, good bodies on the fourth line. You can’t forget about the goaltender they have. It’s going to be every bit of a test and maybe one we haven’t seen from them.”

Bylsma added this on the Rangers top defensive tandem…

“Those two guys [McDonagh and Dan Girardi] are their defense. With them and [Marc] Staal, you’re looking at those three guys getting the bulk of their minutes.”

 …damn, with the way the Penguins are talking you’d think they’d pick the Rangers to win the series. Obviously, that’s just for the press and they’ll be more than ready to run the Rangers over when the puck drops at 7pm tonight.

…against a team like the Flyers, the Rangers were able to get by with out the best from guys like Nash, Lundqvist and McDonagh. But that won’t be the case in this series. If Carcillo, D. Moore and Stralman are again the Rangers best players they won’t have a prayer.

…what has me so excited about the Rangers is they’re almost like a hybrid team. They were able to hang with a Flyers team who wanted to play physical and slow it down. And now they’re very capable of switching gears and skating end to end against a Penguins team who will be looking to push the tempo. 


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