The Rangers are good, there's no question about that. They lead the Eastern Conference, and it's not really close. Sitting high atop their garbage mountain in Manhattan, they have 81 points, and are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. Marian Gaborik leads them with 50 points, which would almost be impressive if Evgeni Malkin didn't have 71 points of his own.
With the trade deadline approaching, there's always the question of whether or not a move that's supposed to make a team better will actually cripple them in the long run. The Rangers are one of the teams who are being talked about to make a move to solidify their chances of winning the Stanley Cup. As it is, they are a great regular season team, but could use a few tweaks to push them into a position where they are actual cup contenders. What do you do, though, if you're their GM? Do you get rid of some pieces that have helped them along the way, potentially sacrificing some of the glue that's held them together this long?
See that picture above? It's suppose to say "Is such a thing even possible?....Yes it is". However, this blog's host sucks so much, that it can't even comprehend how to properly show a .gif file. I used to delete them when they didn't work. Instead, I'm going to keep them posted and write to the website that they're really behind the game. I found a website from 1998 which used the technology and had no issues. That was 14 years ago. [edit: if you click on it, it works. Unacceptable.]
The Penguins got kicked in the nuts the other day by a Sabres team with nothing to lose. They looked abysmal, and Dan Bylsma was about ready to go William Wallace on his defensemen. I'm expecting them to regroup after that loss, and crash the Rangers like the New York Stock Exchange.
Evgeni Malkin is still leading the NHL in points, 3 ahead of Claude Giroux. He also has a statue of the alien from "Alien" in his back yard.
If I had more money than I knew what to do with, I'd probably do the exact same thing. Gotta love how he has such a ridiculous looking statue in such a fancy back yard, behind an even fancier house. He's probably got Cam Ward's head in a jar in the basement.
Marc Andre Fleury will start this game, which isn't really big news. He's still among the leaders in wins, which isn't really big news. Fun fact: he enjoys saying "fuckface," and his favorite breakfast is a bowl of cereal that is actually named after him. I'm in the wrong line of work (which is to say, I don't have a job. Please hire me.)
Pens win 3-2, goals from Malkin, James Neal, and Pascal Dupuis.