Pittsburgh – How fitting that the Rangers’ first game with the Penguins of the season is happening right now.
After posting seven straight wins, the Rangers will take to the ice Tuesday night at PPG Paints Arena looking to continue their latest turnaround after a largely disappointing start to their campaign. It was just over seven months before they had to Finesse the same dramatic shift in the first round of the qualifiers Against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins, who faced the Blueshirts’ elimination and the prospect of a very disappointing postseason appearance after only four games.
The Rangers pulled through after that, reversing the narrative and winning three straight to advance. Can they do it now?
There has been enough in this latest surge of success that Rangers can. Not only did they defeat respected opponents like the Golden Knights, Avalanche, Devils and Maple Leafs – albeit depleted versions of some of them – but the Rangers held a 33-14 scoring advantage over seven games.
The hope is that they got off the hard road early on. However, the Rangers seem to have grown out of it. Just as when they recovered from a 3-1 deficit against Pittsburgh in their first legitimate playoff appearance in four seasons, the Rangers have learned how quickly conditions can change in the NHL.
Speaking of playoffs, Rangers Back above the cutting line, and sits in third place in the Capital District with 41 points. The Devils calmed down after losing five in a row, including an overtime defeat at the hands of the Rangers at the Garden last week. As a result, the Hurricanes caught up and are now tied with New Jersey at 44 points. Those teams will meet in Carolina on Tuesday, as the Rangers face the fourth-place Penguins in a battle for third place.
This may be the first time the Rangers and Penguins have met since that exciting seven-game series, but all that matters is that this game has playoff implications for the season.
‘Quickly turn the page,’ Jacob Trueba said after the Rangers scored seven goals against the Blackhawks, and after he imagined the captain Chicago forward Andreas Athanasiou With a perfectly timed peep. “It’s no different than if you lose a match like that. You have to turn the page and move on to the next. We’ve got another big test in a couple of days and we want to finish this road trip right.”
Pittsburgh just enjoyed its own Seven Tears, which included standout wins over the Central Division stars and the Pacific Division’s leading Golden Knights. But the series was sandwiched between losses to the Hurricanes, who beat the Penguins on Sunday behind two goals in the third period.
All three of the Rangers’ next matches will be against division enemies, as well as the Penguins. Aside from the bottom-fed Blue Jackets and Flyers, the top six teams in the D.C. Division are separated by just one to three points.
Bloodbath is the word that comes to mind when analyzing the metro – and the Rangers are back in the thick of it.