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The Pittsburgh Penguins welcome the New York Rangers to Mellon Arena for the first time this season when the two teams meet Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Through a quirk in the schedule, the Penguins (8-7-2) and Rangers (10-8-1) meet on consecutive Saturdays at Mellon Arena as the two teams battle next Saturday in Pittsburgh as well. And, four of the Penguins’ next six games are against New York teams with games against the Islanders on Friday and Nov. 28.

This game marks on the second contest between the Penguins and Rangers this season. Pittsburgh posted a 6-5 road win at New York on Oct. 12.

“Defensively, we’ll have to be really sharp. They have some world-class players,” Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. “They have Jagr on one line and Shanahan on another line – you’re talking about elite players. I liked the desperation we got yesterday. Some guys really played hard and well.

“On the other hand, we need more production from some other players and that’s the reality. Right now, we don’t have it. You can’t count on four or five guys to carry your boat. This is a team concept. We’re putting guys in opportunities to succeed and they are having a hard time succeeding. It’s a great opportunity for them to make sure they belong in this league. When you’re young, you evaluate every game and that’s what we’re doing right now.”

The Penguins are looking to energize their power play, too. They went 0 for 6 with the man advantage Friday night in a 4-2 loss at Buffalo.

“We addressed it this morning. Special teams are very crucial. You have to find a way to finish in the plus with your special teams. Yesterday, we finished minus-2 and we lost the game,” Therrien said. “Tonight is not going to be any different. They have a good power play and we need to be very careful about guys on the PK doing the right job. Power play, we want to make sure we keep it simple, get more traffic in front, more desperation trying to get the puck back and not always trying to look for the perfect play. There are about three or four tic-tac-toe plays of the week. Most of the goals are scored when you shoot, you crash and you get the rebound and the ugly goal. Right now, we’re having a hard time getting the ugly goals. Sometimes we try to be too cute. We’re a young team and it’s an adjustment. It’s OK, we’ll work with that.”

The CW will televise the contest at 7:30 p.m., while 105.9 The X will start its radio broadcast with a pregame show at 7 p.m. The broadcast may be found live through streaming audio on as well. Tune in for Penguins Hotline following every game on 105.9 The X and the Penguins Radio Network. Join in the conversation with host Bob Grove by calling the Penn Telecom toll-free line at 1-866-922-2874.

Email and maybe Bob Grove or Phil Bourque will answer your question during the second intermission of the game.


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