Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/04/13 at 11:04 AM ET
By Matthew Feuerman of TiqIQ,
Can the Penguins have all hands on deck? The wildly successful franchise this season can’t seem to get all of its stars healthy at once. “Star” is the operative word here. The Penguins have many. They just reeled in superstar Jarome Iginla over the trading deadline, but lost Sidney Crosby, who was having one of the best seasons of his career, to a broken jaw.
As always, affording a Friday night game at Madison Square Garden is never easy. According to TiqIQ, New York Rangers tickets for this Friday night’s tilt with the Penguins will run fans an average of $312. Normally, the Rangers’ home average is $268, which makes this matchup 16 percent more expensive. Bargains are available, however. Tickets can can still be found on the low-end for $151.
Without superstar Evgeni Malkin for most of March, the Penguins reeled off 15 straight victories. As Crosby has sat in April however, the Penguins’ fortunes have tumbled a bit. They’ve lost two straight. Still, they’re sitting pretty in the east. As of Thursday morning, they’re in first by a sizeable five points and they’ll look to use the rest of April to build on that that lead and forge chemistry between Crosby (if and when he returns this month) Iginla, Malkin and James Neal. If healthy and in-sync, that top-four could be one of the league’s best come playoff time.
Following a less-than-stellar February and a recent slide in which the team lost four of five, the Rangers went from being in a position of power to fighting for their playoff lives. After Rangerdom began asking for John Tortorella’s head, the Stanley Cup winning head coach moved to right the ship. Now, the team has won two in a row and just dumped underperforming star Marian Gaborik and acquired power forward Ryane Clowe from San Jose, who the Rangers hope will find his stride on Broadway.
It looks like Clowe may have done just that last night. The struggling former Shark potted two goals in his New York debut.
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