Hello New York Rangers fans and happy May! How about that game seven win at Madison Square Garden last night! With the series win over the Philadelphia Flyers, the Rangers move on to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, now known as the Metropolitan Division Finals to face the Pittsburgh Penguins. So here’s the question of the day for Rangers fans, can the Rangers beat the Penguins in round two and move on to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time since the 2012 playoffs?
The Rangers and Penguins met four times in the regular season, two times at Consol Energy Center, and two times at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won the first meeting at MSG 5-1, lost the second meeting 4-3 in a shootout, lost the third meeting 5-2 in Pittsburgh, and won the final meeting 4-3 in a shootout. These results mean that each team went 2-1-1 against the other during the regular season, and the Rangers outscored the Penguins 14-13. The Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets in six games, but the questions about Marc-Andre Fleury reared their head for a third straight year. The Stanley Cup Champion allowed 18 goals in those six games, 2.81 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. Sidney Crosby was kept off the board by the Jackets defense, and Evgeni Malkin didn’t score until the sixth game. The Rangers are flying to Pittsburgh today and will open the series tomorrow looking to keep the momentum of game seven flowing.
So Rangers fans what do you think of the upcoming match-up? Can the Rangers beat the Penguins and continue their march towards the Stanley Cup by beating Pittsburgh? If you answered yes, how many games will it take? Vote in the poll below and let us know how you feel!