Burning question: What would be the Penguins’ most intriguing second-round matchup?
Breakdown: The Rangers, with ex-Penguins Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka and Michal Rozsival (plus Jordan Staal’s brother, Marc) would be interesting, but nothing would beat a Penguins-Capitals series. Alexander Ovechkin against the Penguins’ young guns would make for the most compelling storyline. Far less intriguing would be Penguins-Devils or Penguins-Bruins. There is no scenario in which the Penguins would play the top-seeded Canadiens or the sixth-seeded Flyers.
PuckSpeak: “I did (like Mellon Arena) when I used to play here, but it’s not easy when everybody’s booing you when you touch the puck.” – Jagr, during his most recent visit to Pittsburgh.
Looking ahead: The Penguins were 3-3-2 against the Rangers this season, topping three goals only once. They were 3-0-1 against the Capitals, with one of the wins in overtime and the loss in a shootout. They were 2-2 against the Bruins, though one loss was with what amounted to a split squad after the trade deadline. Finally, the Penguins were 4-3-1 against the Devils, scoring four or more goals four times. They outscored New Jersey, 9-1, in the final two meetings of the season. Additional Information:
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