Rangers vs Penguins the Mismatches you Need to Know about

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The New York Ranger travel to Pittsburgh on November 22.2023, to take on the Penguins.

It’s a Game of Numbers…and Mismatches.

Puck Drop 6pm est.

Location: PPG Paints Arena – Pittsburgh, PA

The New York Rangers are in First, while the Penguins are tied for Fourth, in the Metropolitan Division.  The Rangers started the season with a bang, while the Pens have sputtered out of the gate.  Apparently, their BIG FREE AGENT PICK UP, Karlsson, did not magically fix all their pre-existing problems.

We know exactly who the Penguins are …

A Team with Weak Goaltending.  Period.

A Team with Suspect Defense.  Period.

A Team that is Soft and cannot hold a Lead.  Period.

Coach MP says, here are the Mismatches the Rangers can take advantage of.

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Penguins Line 2:

It is well known that you can get under the skin of Malkin #71 and Rakell #67 quite easily.  Doing this rattles them and gets them off “their game”.

Coach MP says: Play NYR Lines 3 and 4 against these guys and bug ‘em.  Bingo.

Penguins Line 3:

O’Connor #10, Eller #20 and Zohorna #63, is there checking line, and does not strike fear in anyone.  Not as checkers and not as Hitters.

Coach MP says:  Play NYR Lines 1 and 2 against these guys and let ‘em loose.  Bango.

Penguins Line 4:

Carter #77 is showing his age over the last two seasons.

Coach MP says:  NYR Play #93, #10, anytime you see the Pens #77 on the ice.  And boys skate the puck to where #77 is defending and take it right to ‘em.  Bongo.

Pittsburgh Defense Mismatches

Letang #58 is beatable to the outside, plays questionable Defense and turns the puck over under pressure.

Karlsson #65 is weak on D as well and likes to sneak up into the play, meaning upon a turnover he is out of position.

Pittsburgh is weak in Overall Team D.  Period.

Coach MP says:  NYR lay a body on any and all Pens D.  Take the puck wide on all Penguins D and make a play from there.  Dump it into Letang #58 and Karlssons #65 corners.  Make them work for the puck and hammer them any chance you can.

Pittsburgh Goalie Mismatches

Goaltending has been a weakness in Pittsburgh for a long time.

Coach MP says:  NYR boys, get shots on net, no matter who is between the pipes.  ‘nuf said.

Coach MP’s Quick Scouting Report


NYR Goals For: 54

Pitts Goals For: 58


NYR Goals Against: 39

Pitts Goals Against: 46

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Special Teams

NYR PP%: 32.7%

Pitts PP%: 15.2%

NYR PK%: 83.7%

Pitts PK%: 84.9%


NYR Faceoff Win %: 55.3%

Pitts Faceoff Win %: 55.5%

Goals Against Average

NYR: 2.44

Pitts: 2.71

Key Injuries

NYR – Fox

NYR – Chytil

Pitts – None

New York Rangers Record as of November 21.2023


1st – in the Metropolitan Division

2nd – Tied in Eastern Conference

4th -Tied Overall in NHL


Pittsburgh is 4th -Tied in the Metro, and 7th -Tied in the Eastern Conference.

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Coach MP says:

Always be aware of Crosby #87, when he is on the ice.  His level of compete is off the charts…still.

Always be aware of Letang #58 and Karlsson #65, when they are on the ice.  They love to be the trailer on any offensive play, so back check on them boys.  Always pick up the trailer.

Offense:  Pittsburgh

Defense: New York Rangers

Special Teams: New York Rangers

In my humble opinion, comparing and analyzing the data listed in my scouting report above, the stats say the NYR should win this one, and my eye test also tells me, it’s a NYR W.

Pen’s Pick: NYR to Win.

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