Three games into the young season, the only consistency for David Quinn’s squad has been inconsistency. A poor effort on opening night led to some lineup changes and a major bounce back game against the New York Islanders two night later. The Rangers peppered Devils’ goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood with 50 shots on Tuesday, but only managed to get three of those shots behind him and came up short by a 4-3 margin.
Tonight marks the first road trip of the abbreviated campaign, and it’ll start with a pair of contests against Sidney Crosby, Kristopher Letang, and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins. After being upset by the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup qualifying round over the summer, the Penguins saw a major shakeup.
Two time Stanley Cup champion Matt Murray was shipped off to Ottawa in exchange for a draft pick, and Tristan Jarry has become Pittsburgh’s top goaltender to open the season, although he does still split starts with Casey DeSmith.
Player to Watch: Tony DeAngelo
After watching the last two games from the comfort of Madison Square Garden’s press box, DeAngelo has drawn back into the lineup while Brendan Smith watches from up above. DeAngelo has been a lightning rod for criticism in the early days of training camp and the season for on and off ice reasons, so look for a better performance out of him tonight as he looks to get the residents of Rangerstown back on his side.
Enjoy the game!